For the final two weeks of the Del Mar summer meeting, maiden, claiming and allowance races will all see purse reductions of approximately five percent, according to the Daily Racing Form.
Before the start of racing at Del Mar, purses were cut 10 percent from the numbers seen in the summer of 2015. The most recent cuts are due to a lower-than-expected handle, down nearly 4.5 percent over the 2015 meeting, according to director of racing Tom Robbins. The low handle has resulted in a purse account deficit of nearly $1 million.
“It's still up there,” Robbins said. “We're trying to manage this and bring things in line as we finish the meeting.”
Read more at the Daily Racing Form.
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