Emerald Downs has announced 17 stakes worth $890,000 in purses for its 2021 live racing season that begins Wednesday, May 19.
The schedule features 15 Thoroughbred stakes, beginning with the $50,000 Coca-Cola Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday, June 20, and finishing with the $70,000 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds closing day, Thursday, Sept. 23.
The 86th renewal of the $100,000 Longacres Mile (G3) will be run Sunday, Aug. 15, anchoring a stakes double-header with the $50,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares.
The 2021 stakes schedule features four double-headers, along with a triple-header and a quadrule-header.
On Sunday, Aug. 22, 2-year-olds meet in the $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for colts and geldings and $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for fillies, and older Quarter Horses meet in the $40,000 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge and 2-year-olds square off in the $30,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship.
In addition to the Gottstein Futurity, Sept. 23 features two Washington Cup races, $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for older horses and $50,000 Washington Cup Filly and Mare Stakes.
Director of Racing Bret Anderson has received applications from 69 trainers totaling 840 horses through Tuesday. Currently there are 340 horses on the grounds.