Presque Isle Downs & Casino $650,000 Masters Racing Weekend

The Presque Isle Downs and Casino is hosting the Masters weekend of horseracing Sept. 9 and 10 with $650,000 at stake.

Erie, PA, September 06, 2011 --( Presque Isle Downs Hosting $650,000 Horseracing Event

Presque Isle Downs & Casino is celebrating the Magic of Mile and Masters Weekend with the 5th annual Presque Isle Mile on Sept. 9, and the Grade II Masters on Sept. 10.

The Presque Isle Mile has a $250,000 purse and the Grade II Masters, which is the premier event of the the racing season, will have a $400,000 purse and features Fillies and Mares 3 years-old and up.

“This is the highlight of our season,” said Jim Cornes, Presque Isle Downs and Casino Stakes Coordinator, “We are attracting top-class horses from around the country for these events.”

Presque Isle Downs and Casino can take pride that the racetrack here attracts the best talent in the nation. The track has quickly been upgraded during the course of the past few years.

“In the short span that we have gone from an ungraded race to Grade II, is history making. We are now a major league sport,” said Cornes.

As part of this special weekend the first 500 fans on Friday and Saturday will receive free Smith's hotdogs & Herr's chip. The Parade Street Dixieland Jazz Band is also scheduled to perform both nights. There will also be a live broadcast with Erie’s ESPN Chico Borman on Friday from 3-6 pm.

Post time is 5:30 pm Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Last year’s Presque Isle Mile winner, Gayego, who broke the track record in the mile, (1:34.90) continued his journey to the Breeders’ Cup Grade I Dirt Mile. This race is considered one of the key preps for the prestigious stakes conducted in early November each year.

Two of the past best performers in the Grade II Masters, Informed Decision, the 2009 and 2010 Masters winner, and Dubai Majesty, the 2010 second place finisher, have gone on to win the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, which is a prestigious event in the horseracing world. This is the most anticipated weekend of the summer for horseracing fans in Erie, PA.

There are 10 races scheduled each day instead of the usual eight.

For more information please contact Debbie Howells at 814. 860.8950.

Jon McMillian
Presque Isle Downs & Casino

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Jon McMillian