Pennsylvania Derby Purse Increase Offered To Lure 2016 Triple Crown Winners

by | 08.09.2016 | 3:22pm
Pennsylvania Derby day brought out the biggest crowd of 2014 at Parx, when California Chrome appeared in the marquee race.

Parx Director of Racing Sam Elliott hopes to draw the three winners of this year's Triple Crown races to compete in the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 24. According to The Inquirer, Elliott plans to offer an increased purse in the Grade 2 event in order to make the race more appealing to the connections of Nyquist, Exaggerator and Creator, winners of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

“This is the final major 3-year-old race of the year,” Elliott said. “We thought it would be good to get them all together. What's the best way to find out who's the best? Let them run against each other.”

If two of the three show up, the purse will be increased from $1 million to $1.25 million. If all three Triple Crown winners enter the race, the purse will go to $1.5 million.

Parx already offers additional bonuses to the connections of Triple Crown winning horses. The Derby, Preakness and Belmont winners each receive $100,000 to run in the Pennsylvania Derby, and the winners of the Haskell and the Travers also receive a $100,000 incentive in Parx's marquee event. Under just this incentive structure, Exaggerator would receive an additional $200,000 for running, Nyquist $100,000, and Creator $100,000.

Nyquist's connections have already expressed interest in the Pennsylvania Derby, as have those of Creator, according to Elliott. Exaggerator's trainer Keith Desormeaux may also be considering the race.

Read more at The Inquirer.

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