Purses

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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Kentucky Downs Meet: Record $10 Million In Purses, New Breeders’ Cup Prep

Kentucky Downs will offer a record $10 million in purses and Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund supplements at its five-date meet Sept. 1-13, with all 13 existing stakes getting increases and the creation of the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint. The Juvenile Turf Sprint, to be held Sept. 8, is designed as a steppingstone to the new $1 […]

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Canterbury Park Adds Dates, Boosts Purses To Record Level

Canterbury Park’s thoroughbred racing season begins Friday, May 4 with an expanded schedule of 70 race days and a more lucrative starter incentive program.  Total purses are projected to exceed $15 million, a record level for the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack, with a per-day average of approximately $215,000. Canterbury Park racing officials, with the assistance of the Minnesota […]

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Lone Star Announces 2018 Purse Increase Of Up To 25 Percent On Overnight Races

Lone Star Park has announced an increase in overnight race purses for the 2018 Thoroughbred season which opens April 19. All overnight races will see an increase of $2,000 each in purse money. Some overnight race categories will see as much as a 25% gain in their purses. No race throughout the 44-day season will have […]

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Canterbury Park Requests Three Additional Race Dates In 2018

Canterbury Park intends to race 70 days in 2018. Officials of the Shakopee, Minn., thoroughbred and quarter horse racetrack this week submitted a request to the Minnesota Racing Commission seeking approval of a schedule that would begin Friday, May 4 and conclude Sept. 15. The MRC is expected to act on Canterbury’s request next month. The recently […]

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Kentucky Downs Pays Out Record $8.6 Million In Purses

Kentucky Downs paid out a record $8,619,000 in purses and Kentucky-bred purse supplements at its meet that concluded Thursday. The average daily purses of $1,723,800 for the five-date meet is the highest average in North America, made possible by the track’s historical horse racing operation that marries the sport’s parimutuel structure with electronic games based […]

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