Purses

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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Fairmount Park Adds 20 Race Dates To 2020 Schedule

Fairmount Park has been approved to host 60 races dates in 2020, an increase from the 40 held at the Illinois track this year. Track president Brian Zander told St. Louis Public Radio that the additional dates will require the track’s purse account to run at a deficit. “We’re going to pay it forward,” Zander said. […]

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Zia Park Set For Mixed Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse Meet With Higher Purses

Zia Park’s 15th year of live racing will commence Saturday, September 21 featuring five trials for the Hobbs American Futurity for two-year-old Quarter Horses on the nine race card. The 53-day mixed Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse race meet will boast a state leading $225,000 per day overnight purse structure, up 10% from 2018’s purse distribution, as well as […]

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Additional Labor Day Card? Kentucky Downs Seeks Two More Race Dates For 2020

Kentucky Downs will run five days in 2019, but the track’s new owners Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone are hoping to score an additional two days during September for the 2020 meet, reports Thoroughbred Daily News.  Senior Vice President and General Manager Ted Nicholson plans to put the request before the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission […]

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Charles Town To See Significant Purse Increases

Beginning with its live card on August 8, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races racing program will reap the rewards of a measure earlier this year by the West Virginia legislature that returned a significant amount of money previously allocated to the purse fund in the form of a sizable purse increase. The bill […]

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Monmouth Boosts Purses Five Percent Starting July 20

Monmouth Park will increase purses by five percent for all races starting on TVG.Com Haskell Invitational day on Saturday, July 20, the track announced today. The increase will be added to purses already averaging nearly $500,000 per day as well as an expanded stakes schedule offering $7.1 million overall. “Our numbers have been strong despite […]

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Churchill Downs: Record Purses, Bigger Fields Among Spring Meet Highlights

In the face of a fiercely-debated Kentucky Derby result that triggered national conversation for weeks, Churchill Downs Racetrack delivered all-around positive results – from record prize-money for horsemen to large fields, high-quality participants and bigger payouts for bettors – during its 145th Spring Meet, which concluded an action-packed, nine-week run on Saturday, June 29. Thanks to […]

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Investor Secures Re-Opening Of Arizona Downs Season On July 20

The owners of Arizona Downs have secured an investor who will provide additional financing to the racetrack in order to resume the live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing season on July 20, and continue through Labor Day weekend. “The investment group loves horse racing, and understands how important a year-round circuit is for the industry,” […]

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