Purses

Churchill Downs Increases Kentucky Derby Purse From $2 Million To $3 Million

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million. The substantial $1 million increase to the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky […]

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NYRA Announces Purse Increases For Aqueduct Meet For Certain Allowance, Claimer Categories

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced purse increases across a number of categories for the upcoming winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack. The Aqueduct winter meet is slated to begin Friday, December 7 and will feature significant purse increases in both New York-bred and open categories, including an $8,000 increase in open maiden allowance […]

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New York Stallion Stakes Purses To Double For 2019 Series

The New York Racing Association Inc., (NYRA), in conjunction with the New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) and New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund (The Fund), announced on Wednesday a dramatic increase in purse values for the New York Stallion Stakes (NYSSS). In 2019, purses for the 10-race series restricted to the progeny of […]

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Fair Grounds Prepares For Meet With Nearly $7 Million In Purses, Three Derby Preps

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced that 56 stakes worth a total of $6.87 million will be up for grabs for this upcoming 2018-19 racing season, which is set to begin on Thursday, November 15. Headlining the stakes program is Louisiana Derby Day on March 23, which is the signature day of racing at the […]

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Del Mar Hikes Purses Five Percent For Fall Meet

Del Mar is planning a five percent increase in purses for this year’s fall meeting, according to the Daily Racing Form. Twenty of 26 purse categories will increase compared to the 2017 fall meet, and lower-level claiming races are a particular area of attention. A bump in handle during the Del Mar summer meet helped […]

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Louisiana Downs Boosts Purses For Third Time In 2018

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce its third purse increase of the 2018 Thoroughbred racing season. Effective Saturday, September 8, an additional $2,000 will be added for all races published in the condition book.  Harrah’s Louisiana Downs had previously acknowledged an increase in overnight race purses which went into effect on June 30.  All overnight races, up to and including $12,500, were […]

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Louisiana Downs Ups Purse Money For Louisiana Cup Day Stakes

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce that the purse for each of the six stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds on Louisiana Cup Day will increase by $10,000. The annual Louisiana Cup Day is set for Saturday, August 4 with nominations closing this Saturday, July 21. “We greatly appreciate the support from the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) […]

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U.S. Betting Handle Sees Continued Growth In Second Quarter

Wagering on horse racing in the U.S. continued to show an increase in June, the second quarter and year-over-year, based on statistics released Thursday by Equibase. The second quarter results came on the heels of positive numbers in the first quarter. Even though U.S. races, race days and starts declined by about 2 percent in […]

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$1 Million Day For Florida-Breds Set For September At Gulfstream Park

Florida-breds will be bringing home the big purse money on Sept. 29 at Gulfstream Park with $1 million dollars in purses ($950,000) and bonuses ($50,000) offered across five stakes races on the day’s card. Powered by the two finals of the nationally acclaimed Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds in the […]

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Suffolk Downs Boosts Purses 15 Percent For Summer Meets

Live racing will return to Suffolk Downs this summer with three two-day racing festivals and the track announced today a purse increase of 15% on overnight purses. The three festival weekends are scheduled to be held June 9-10, July 7-8 and August 4-5. In 2017, the track conducted four weekends of live racing with an average daily purse of […]

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