Lone Star Announces Increase Of Almost 43 Percent For Overnight Purses

Lone Star Park officials have announced an increase of nearly 43% to overnight race purses for the upcoming Thoroughbred racing season. Overnight race purses this year average $200,000 per day compared to $140,000 per day in 2019. “This boost in overnight purses has energized Lone Star Park in a way that we haven’t experienced in […]

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Horseplayer, Economist: Only One Way To Ensure Horse Racing’s Long-Term Survival

While this weekly feature from the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF) has routinely covered issues related to data horseplayers consume or are offered at outrageous price points, the economist inside of this horseplayer, horse owner and breeder is left to ponder how the greater racing industry has collectively ignored years of troubling trends in the data […]

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Ride To The Million, International Festival Highlight Proposed Arlington Stakes Schedule Worth $3.6 Million

As Arlington gears up for the 2020 season, the Arlington Racing Department has released a proposed 2020 Stakes Schedule, conditional upon a contract between the track and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. The August 15th $1-million dollar GI Arlington Million is the highlight of the 18 stakes schedule worth $3,650,000. Opening on May 1, the highlight of […]

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Okays Purses For 2020 Standardbred Sire Stakes

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has approved purse distributions for the 2020 Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS), supporting the recommendations made by the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund and Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund Advisory Panel.  The purse distributions will consist of two series as well as funding for up to seven county fairs. The Commission, also […]

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2019 Wagering Numbers: Purses Increase, Betting Down From Previous Year

Betting on horse races in the U.S. topped $11 billion for the second straight year in 2019, but year over year numbers show slight declines in most categories. Wager on U.S. races dropped 2 percent between 2018 and 2019, and there were similar drop offs in starts, average field sizes and average wagering per day. […]

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Keeneland Boosts Makers 46 Mile, Other Stakes Purses For Spring Meet

Keeneland today announced its 2020 Spring Meet stakes schedule, which features 18 stakes anchored by the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) and is worth a season record $4.8 million in purse money. Purse increases highlight the Spring Meet, to be held April 2-26, with the Maker’s 46 Mile […]

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Sam Houston Increases Overnight Purses To Average $200,000 Per Day In 2020

Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2020 live racing season on Friday, January 10 with an expanded 39-day Thoroughbred meet continuing through Saturday, March 28. Several exciting changes are in store for the upcoming live season with a substantial boost in purses thanks to legislative action earlier this year. House Bill 2463 was […]

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Third Quarter U.S. Wagering Down From 2018 But Purses See Healthy Boost

The third quarter saw a nearly two percent drop in betting on horse races in the U.S., continuing a trend for 2019, according to numbers supplied by Equibase. At the same time, total purses and average purses per race both climbed about five percent. That’s also in line with the year-over-year trends so far. September […]

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Delta Downs Ready For New Season, Offers More Than $2.2 Million In Stakes Purses

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will kick off its 2019-20 Thoroughbred season next week with live cards scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday night, October 8 through 12. After opening week, the track will go to its regular schedule of Wednesday through Saturday racing until the 84-day stand wraps up on February 29. First post […]

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