Enhanced Soundness Measures Allow NYRA To Boost Claiming Purses

by | 03.03.2019 | 12:25pm

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced purse values for open claiming races will increase, beginning with the Friday, March 8 card at Aqueduct Racetrack.

In January, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) formally adopted an amendment allowing racing organizations to apply for adjustments to the purse-to-claim ratio, with the provision that enhanced measures to ensure the soundness and safety of equine athletes are in place.

NYRA applied for – and subsequently received – such an exemption that provides for an adjustment to claiming race purses through March 31, 2019.

In addition to the standard level of pre-race safety scrutiny applied to all horses racing at a NYRA track, NYRA will apply an additional, secondary level of scrutiny to all horses competing in races with adjusted purse-to-claim ratios.

As of Friday's card at Aqueduct, open claiming races will now be contested at the following purse values:

Claiming Price
Previous Purse Value
Purse Value
$8,000
$16,000
$24,000
$10,000
$20,000
$28,000
$12,500
$25,000
$32,000
$16,000
$28,000
$36,000

Live racing resumes Friday at Aqueduct with a post time of 12:50 p.m.

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