02/07/2002 1:00AM

Shinpoch purse jumps to $75,000


AUBURN, Wash. - The Grade 3 Longacres Mile, which will be run for a purse of $250,000 on Aug. 25, tops a schedule of 35 stakes worth $2,070,000 at the upcoming Emerald Downs meeting, which will stretch 89 days from April 19 through Sept. 16.

The most noteworthy change on the 2002 stakes schedule is that the purse for the one-mile Barbara Shinpoch Stakes, the meet's championship event for juvenile fillies, has been boosted $20,000 to $75,000 for its Aug. 24 running.

In addition to the Longacres Mile, which is for handicap runners, and the Barbara Shinpoch, the other championship events on the schedule are the $100,000 Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Aug. 18, the $60,000 Belle Roberts Handicap for older fillies and mares on Sept. 8, the $125,000 Emerald Downs Breeders' Cup Derby for 3-year-olds on Sept. 2, and the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds on Sept. 15.