The last two Longacres Mile winners take on the defending champion in the $50,000 Seattle Handicap on Sunday, May 16.
72nd running of the six-furlong Seattle is the first stakes for older
handicap stars and the first stop en route to the 75th Longacres Mile
(GIII) on Sunday, Aug. 22.
Assessment capped his Horse of the
Meeting campaign with a dramatic victory over Awesome Gem in the 2009
Longacres Mile, finishing the season with a 7-4-3-0 record and earnings
of $257,000. Assessment sustained a season-ending ankle injury in early
September, preventing a trip to the Breeders' Cup, but trainer Howard
Belvoir said the gelding has trained well and is ready for another big