The GIII Steve Sexton Mile, re-named in 2017 as a tribute to the late racetrack executive, has been pushed forward on the Lone Star stakes schedule to take place Sunday, Apr. 28 and will be worth $300,000, up $100,000 from 2018. The Sexton Mile is the headline event on a 13-strong stakes schedule at the Dallas-area oval, which will conduct 44 days of live racing from Apr. 18 through July 21.
The Sexton Mile has been used as a de facto prep for the GI Metropolitan H. by the latter race’s last two winners-Mor Spirit (Eskendereya) in 2017 and Bee Jersey (Jersey Town) in 2018.
“Steve Sexton and myself shared a great sense of pride in Lone Star Park,” said Steve Asmussen, who trained Bee Jersey for owner/breeder Chuck Fipke. “The Sexton Mile has become a significant event on the racing calendar with the last two winners using it as a prep for the Metropolitan Handicap.”