Purses

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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Illinois Governor Signs Gaming Bill Into Law

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 690, the gaming legislation recently approved by legislators, into law on Friday, and the state’s tracks now have the authority to host slot machines and other casino-style games for the purpose of generating additional revenue to boost purses. The horse racing portion of this new law, which represents […]

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Del Mar Condition Book Released, Includes Purse Boosts

Del Mar’s first condition book for the 2019 summer season is now out and available online and hard copies will be distributed to horsemen in Southern California Friday. The seaside track’s 80th summer session kicks off on Wednesday, July 17 and runs through Labor Day Monday, September 2. The first book covers races for the […]

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Woodbine, Ontario HBPA Finalize 4-Year Agreement

Woodbine Entertainment and the Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association Of Ontario (HBPA) jointly announced today that both parties have ratified the new four-year agreement that was agreed to in principle in December, 2018. The new deal, which runs through the 2022 season, increases guaranteed purses by $18 million and commits an additional $4 million in capital […]

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Horse Racing Betting Trends Not Positive For Year’s First Quarter

Betting on U.S. horse racing showed across-the-board declines in March, year over year, and wagering was down for the first three months of 2019 compared to last year, according to figures released by Equibase Friday. Wagering in March was down close to three percent, while purses, race days, races, field sizes and starts all saw […]

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