It is simply known as The Mile.
Joe Gottstein wanted to put Washington Thoroughbred horse racing on the map. However, he needed a race to accomplish that feat.
In June of 1935, Gottstein made the announcement that Longacres would feature the $10,000 Longacres Mile. The mile was not considered the classic distance. That's what appealed to Gottstein so much. He knew it took a unique horse to excel at the mile distance. It was too long for sprinters and not long enough for the routers. Go too fast on the lead and you have nothing left in the tank at the end. Wait too long to move and you'll never catch the leaders.
The Mile was inaugurated with a then unheard of $10,000-added purse and for more than four decades was the richest stakes event in the country at the mile distance. To this day it remains the richest stakes race west of Chicago and north of the Bay Area.
This section highlights in detail every running of the Longacres Mile and provide news about this year's edition of the Grade III race. In addition, it also provides Mile statistics and every starter and jockey to ever participate in the race.
The Longacres Mile - A look back, through the decades: