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Originally published Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Emerald Downs

Jennifer Whitaker first woman jockey to win Longacres Mile

Jennifer Whitaker made her usual move on Wasserman -- coming from far back going into the stretch — and edged out the two favored horses to become the first woman jockey to win the Grade III $300,000 Longacres Mile.

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Season at a glance

Racing schedule: Today through Sept. 28. Fridays through Sundays, Thursdays added beginning May 29; 91 total racing dates. Racing May 26 (Memorial Day), July 4 and Sept. 1 (Labor Day). No racing Aug. 28.

Post times: 6 p.m. weekdays; 2 p.m. weekends and holidays; 5 p.m. July 3 (fireworks).

Admission: $5. Includes access to the first five levels of the grandstand, paddock and park. Children 17 and under are free.

Parking: General, free; preferred, $5; valet, $10.

Location: In Auburn, 15 miles south of Seattle off Valley Freeway (Highway 167).

Bus service: Pony Express service is available from Metro at 206-553-3000.

Information: 253-288-7000.

For seating or dining reservations: 253-288-7711; or toll-free 1-888-931-8400.

Web site: www.emeralddowns.com

Full-card simulcasting: Wednesdays through Sundays; Mondays beginning July 23; gates open 30 minutes before first race.

Television/radio: Replays of each day's races will be shown at 6 a.m. the following day on FSN. The Win Place Show is every Saturday and Sunday from 8-9 a.m. on KJR (950 AM).

Stakes schedule highlights

Aug. 16: Washington Oaks

Aug. 17: Longacres Mile and Emerald Distaff

Sept. 1: Emerald Downs Derby

Sept. 14: Muckleshoot Tribal Classic

Sept. 27: Gottstein Futurity


Special events

Aug. 15: Wiener dog races

Aug. 17: Longacres Mile Day

Sept. 14: Washington Cup VI

Jennifer Whitaker made her usual move on Wasserman -- coming from far back going into the stretch — and edged out the two favored horses to become the first woman jockey to win the Grade III $300,000 Longacres Mile.

True Metropolitan, shipped in from Woodbine in Toronto, also closed but could not hold off Wasserman's charge.

Wasserman, at 10-1, paid 22.40, $7.60 and $3.20 while True Metropolitan, ridden by James McAleney, paid $4.60 and $3.20. Tropic Storm, the 6-5 favorite, returned $2.60 to show.

Besides the 55 percent share of the $300,000 purse, the winner is guaranteed a place in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Oct. 25. Howard Belvoir, the owner, breeder and trainer for Wasserman, by Cahill Road out of Share the Knight, would have to pay supplementary fees to get in as he had not made the preliminary payments to qualify the 6-year-old gelding, who finished third in last year's Mile.

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