Herbie D and the Canadians take the 78th Longacres Mile

20 Aug

Sunday was a beautiful day at the Premier Racetrack in the Pacific Northwest.

It was Longacres Mile Day for the 78th time at Emerald Downs.

And for the second straight year – a B.C.-bred horse SHINED when it was time.

Herbie D-1

The 5-year-old Herbie D ($6.80) popped the gate and was hustled right to the lead in The Mile and stayed in front setting some swift fractions, including 1:09 for 6 furlongs and was 1 1/2 lengths clear at the finish line. Herbie D is trained by Robert Gilker and owned by George Robbins and Darcia Doman.Gilker

Herbie D improved his lifetime record to 10 wins from 13 starts.

No B.C-bred has won The Mile twice. Only three horses in history have won it twice – Amble In (1946, 1948), Trooper Seven (1980-81) and Simply Majestic (1988-89).









Here are the other THREE B.C.-breds to win The Mile since 1984:

2012 – Taylor Said

Owner: North American Thoroughbred Horse Company

Jockey: Mario Gutierrez

Trainer: Mike Puhich

Margin of victory: Head

$2 win pay: $7.20

Race record: Seven wins from 10 starts; hasn’t started since winning The Mile

1997 -Kid Katabatic

Owner: S. Van Oostdam (Ferguson), Keith Ferguson and Mel & Lindsay Russell

Jockey: Chris Loseth

Trainer: Shauna Van Oostdam (Ferguson)

Margin of victory: 2 lengths

$2 win pay: $14.00

Race record: Seventeen wins from 39 career starts. Also finished 4th in 1998 Mile, 3rd in 1999 Mile, 8th in 2001 Mile

1984 – Travelling Victor

Owner: R. J. Bennett

Jockey: Chris Loseth

Trainer: Robert Anderson

Margin of victory: 3/4 of a length

$2 win pay: $6.90

Race record: 21 wins from 52 career starts. Also finished 2nd in 1983 Mile and 7th in the 1985 Mile.


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