The 7-year-old gelding has a chance to do what no horse has done — win the Longacres Mile three times.

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This will be a historic year at Emerald Downs, with the Auburn racetrack celebrating its 20th anniversary in June.

But the season, which begins Saturday afternoon, could up being really special.

That’s because the undisputed king of the track, Stryker Phd, is expected back. And the 7-year-old gelding has a chance to do what no horse has done — win the Longacres Mile three times.

Stryker Phd, trained by Larry and Sharon Ross, has won eight consecutive stakes races at Emerald Downs, including the Longacres Mile last year when he joined Trooper Seven (1980-81) and Simply Majestic (1988-89) as the only horses to repeat in that race.

Only three horses had won the Mile more than once (Amble In won in 1946 and 1948).

If Stryker Phd follows his schedule from last year, his first start at Emerald Downs this year would be the Budweiser Handicap at one mile June 19. The $200,000 Grade III Longacres Mile is Aug. 14.

On June 20, the track will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special Monday night of racing, with the $50,000 Legislators Stakes for fillies and mare highlighting the card.

The top jockeys from last year are back, including defending riding champion Julien Couton. Jeff Metz, who won the training title last year, also returns.

Post time for the first race Saturday is scheduled for 2 p.m.