Taylor “Said” for the B.C. entourage at Emerald Downs, winning the 77th Longacres Mile

21 Aug

What a day it was Sunday at Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA.

Under blue skies and a throng of race fans and bettors – The Hastings, B.C. shipper TAYLOR SAID held on by a desperate head to win the 77th running of the most anticipated Thoroughbred race in the Pacific Northwest – The Longacres Mile. Taylor Said extended his win streak to SIX with a gut-wrenching stretch duel with the locally-based Winning Machine. Winning Machine was trying to give longtime Washington trainer Frank Lucarelli his first Mile victory. But it wasn’t to be as 2012 Kentucky Derby winning jockey Mario Gutierrez found the wire first for owner Glen Todd and North American Thoroughbred Horse Co. and listed trainer Mike Puhich of Renton, WA. Mario became the first jockey to win the Derby and the LGA Mile in the same year. Hall of fame jockey’s Eddie Arcaro and Gary Stevens came the closest. Arcaro in 1950 was second in the Derby aboard Hill Prince and won the Mile aboard Two and Twenty. Stevens finished second on Best Pal in the 1991 Derby and returned to win the Longacres Mile that year aboard Louis Cyphre.

Here is the short-list of jockeys to win both the Ky. Derby and the Longacres Mile:

Eddie Arcaro 1950 Mile – 1938, 1941, 1945, 1948 and 1952 Kentucky Derbys

Eddie Delahoussaye 1998 Mile – 1982 and 1983 Kentucky Derbys

Mario Gutierrez 2012 Mile – 2012 Kentucky Derby

Bill Hartack 1955 Mile – 1957, 1960, 1962, 1964 and 1969 Kentucky Derbys

Laffit Pincay, Jr. 1983 and 1986 Mile’s – 1984 Kentucky Derby

John Longden 1962 Mile – 1943 Kentucky Derby

John Sellers 1967 Mile – 1961 Kentucky Derby

Bill Shoemaker 1978 Mile – 1955, 1959, 1965 and 1986 Kentucky Derbys

Gary Stevens 1991 Mile – 1988, 1995 and 1997 Kentucky Derbys

Taylor Said extended his win streak to six wins with the Mile victory. Trooper Seven won his final five races with the Lga Mile of 1981 being his final start. Snipledo won the 1990 Mile to run his win streak to five.


2 Responses to “Taylor “Said” for the B.C. entourage at Emerald Downs, winning the 77th Longacres Mile”

  1. joe withee November 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    G Stevens didn’t win the 1998 Ky Derby, he finished third on Indian Charlie

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