08/19/2011 5:27AM

Presque Isle Downs to increase purses 20 percent

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Presque Isle Downs will increase overnight  purses by 20 percent beginning with the new condition book that begins Sept. 5. In addition, purses for the final two stakes for 2-year-olds have been increased from $100,000 to $150,000. Both the Fitz Dixon Memorial and Presque Isle Debutante are to be run closing Day, Oct. 1.

The additional purse money will come from the Presque Isle casino’s 2,000 slot machines

“July was the best month they have had at the casino and the purse increase reflects that," said Debbie Howells, director of racing.