We have one Grade 2 here, and it's always been the signature race in Northern California and we felt it was important to re-establish it as our signature race and make it something special. The S.F. Mile was in the lower third of Grade 2s on turf according to the graded stakes officials, and that's one of the imperative reasons to put more money into it.

We have to offer a stakes program that is not only competitive purse-wise but with grades to attract horses. We have to remain competitive not only statewide but on a national level.