Purses

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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Economic Indicators: Comparative Figures Show Declines In Wagering, Purses

A November Breeders’ Cup in 2016 has made pari-mutuel handle and purse comparisons difficult, as Breeders’ Cup was held in October last year. By combining the pari-mutuel handle and purse dollars for both October and November, the comparative numbers paint a much clearer picture. Over the course of October and November, wagering on U.S. races […]

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March Economic Indicators: U.S. Wagering Up Slightly; Purses, Race Days Decline

Total wagering increased in the U.S. in March, while purses, race days and starts were down slightly from their 2015 levels, according to economic indicators released Tuesday by Equibase. Wagering in the U.S. was up 0.85% in 2016 as compared with the same month last year. Year-to-date figures were also up, 3.07% Purses for March 2016 showed a decline, […]

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Economic Indicators: U.S. Wagering, Purses, Rise In February

Total wagering increased and purses were higher in the U.S. in February, while race days and starts were down slightly from their 2015 levels, according to economic indicators released on Friday by Equibase. Wagering in the U.S. was up 6.43% in 2016 as compared with the same month last year. Year-to-date figures were also up, 4.26% Purses for […]

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Economic Indicators: U.S. Wagering Rises In January

Total wagering increased in the U.S. in January, while race days and starts were down slightly from their 2015 levels, according to economic indicators released on Thursday by Equibase. Wagering in the U.S. was up 2.21% in 2016 as compared with the same month last year. Average handle per race in 2016 was $347,210, an 8.8 percent increase […]

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Economic Indicators For July Show Across-The-Board Increases

Racing showed an increase in wagering, purses, and race days during the month of July as compared with July 2014, according to the racing economic indicators released by Wednesday by Equibase. Year-to-date figures were down, however. Wagering in the U.S. was up 1.41% in 2015 as compared with the same month last year. Year-to-date figures […]

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