The purse for the 72nd running of the Longacres Mile (gr. III) on Aug. 19 gets a $50,000 increase to $300,000, highlighting for the 2007 Emerald Downs stakes schedule.
The purse was increased by $50,000 through Breeders' Cup Stakes funding.
"The Longacres Mile has a long and storied tradition and we believe the creation of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile will further add to the race's prestige," said Pam Blatz-Murff, Breeders' Cup Limited senior vice president of operations. "The Mile, and races like it, will serve as important stepping stones on the road to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile."
"The Mile has always been the pinnacle of the race meet at Emerald Downs, and now it will take its place on a national stage as well," said Emerald Downs director of racing Paul Ryneveld.
Opening day for the 91-day 2007 meeting is April 20. Closing day is Sunday, Sept. 30. The calendar reflects a Friday-through-Sunday schedule until Thursdays are added beginning May 31. There will be holiday racing on Memorial Day (May 28), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (Sept. 3). First race post times are 6 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Besides the Longacres Mile (Gr. III), other major races during the Emerald Downs meet include the $100,000 Washington Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on Aug. 18; the $100,000 Emerald Distaff for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on Aug. 19; the $80,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for juvenile fillies at 1 mile on Sept. 2; the $100,000 Emerald Downs Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on Sept. 3; and the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity for juveniles at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 29.