Purses

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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Oaklawn Announces Third Purse Increase Of The 2019 Season

On the day Oaklawn made racing history by splitting the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) into two divisions, the track also announced its adding $1 million to the overnight purses for the third increase of the 2019 live season. Retroactive to the Thursday, March 14 card, purses for open allowance races will be $95,000, an […]

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25th Running Of Indiana Derby, $4.3 Million In Stakes Highlight Indiana Grand Meet

The Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby heads a strong list of Thoroughbred stakes races for 2019 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. A total of 35 stakes will be offered during the 120-day racing season from Tuesday, April 16 through Wednesday, Nov. 6 with total stakes purses topping the $4.3 million mark. The 2019 season […]

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Enhanced Soundness Measures Allow NYRA To Boost Claiming Purses

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced purse values for open claiming races will increase, beginning with the Friday, March 8 card at Aqueduct Racetrack. In January, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) formally adopted an amendment allowing racing organizations to apply for adjustments to the purse-to-claim ratio, with the provision that […]

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‘A Lot Of Positive Momentum’: Prairie Meadows Announces Incentives, Purse Increases

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel announces the release of Condition Book 1, which covers the first 14 racing days of the 2019 Thoroughbred season at the Altoona, Iowa racetrack. Prairie Meadows live season kicks off on May 3. Book 1 is available at prairiemeadows.com, equibase.com, and Prairie Meadows’ Racing Office. Book 1 features a variety of […]

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‘Wonderful Thing’: Horsemen Appreciate Latest Oaklawn Park Purse Increase

The track where purses have been steadily rising for 11 straight years is at it again. Oaklawn is increasing all overnight purses, some as much as $6,000, retroactive to the Thursday, Feb. 14 card. Maiden special weights and open allowances are being bumped $6,000 and are now $83,000 and $87,000, respectively. Purses for all claiming […]

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More Than $7 Million In Stakes Purses To Fuel ‘Game-Changer’ Meet At Monmouth Park

Led by the Grade 1, $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational, Monmouth Park is set to offer $7.1 million in stakes races when the track kicks off its 74th year of racing on Saturday, May 4. In addition to anchoring a card featuring six-stakes races, the Haskell will also see a new day when it’s renewed for the 52nd time […]

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Edelson: ‘People Want Better Racing, Not Simply More Of The Same’

With a $10 million purse subsidy expected to pass the governor’s desk, Monmouth Park is approaching “the most important summer along Oceanport Avenue since they opened the place in 1946,” wrote columnist Stephen Edelson for the Asbury Park Press. The legislation includes an amendment stating that the subsidy money must be shown to have a positive […]

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