Emerald Downs Releases 2024 Stakes Schedule

Emerald Downs

The 89th edition of the Longacres Mile headlines a 21-race stakes schedule worth $1,150,000 for Emerald Downs at the 55-day meeting from May 4 to Sept. 15. The $150,000 Longacres Mile anchors a stakes quadruple-header Sunday, Aug. 11. Billed as Championship Sunday, it co-features the $50,000 Emerald Distaff for older fillies and mares, $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby for 3-year-olds, and $50,000 Washington Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.

A total of 16 stakes are scheduled on Sundays with five set for Saturdays, including the $50,000 Seattle S. for 3-year-old fillies that kicks off the June 15 stakes schedule. The track's older horse division kicks off Sunday, June 23, with the $50,000 Budweiser S., followed three weeks later by the $50,000 Governor's S. Seven stakes are slated for 2-year-olds, highlighted by the $50,000 Gottstein Futurity at a mile and 70 yards on closing day.

In addition to 21 Thoroughbred stakes, Sunday, Aug. 18 features a pair of QuarterHorse stakes: $30,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship and $40,000 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge.

Opening day, Saturday, May 4, shares a spotlight with the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby. The stable area opens Friday, Feb. 23 with training getting underway Monday, Feb. 26.

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