Big Purse Hike for Rest of Indiana Downs Meet
by Tom LaMarra
Date Posted: 6/28/2010 5:04:19 PM
Last Updated: 6/29/2010 8:52:16 AM

Photo: Coady Photography

Indiana Downs, citing weather-related cancellations, will increase some overnight purses and state-bred supplements in open races 30% effective June 29. The meet ends July 14.

The increase is for all open and state-restricted races except stakes. All $5,000 claiming races will get a 15% bump with a maximum purse of $10,000, track officials said.

Open maiden special weight events will go for $42,000, up from $32,000. The purse for an allowance race for non-winners of three races lifetime will be $52,000.

Indiana Downs has slot machines that produce revenue for racing. With each increase, some of the track’s purses get closer to those at Churchill Downs in neighboring Kentucky.

For Indiana breed development non-stakes, the base purse subsidy from the track purse account and the amount provided by the Thoroughbred Development Fund will both rise by 30%. The supplement Indiana-bred runners can earn in open races is being raised to 40% of the purse earned for the first three finishers, up from the current 25%.

“This will be a great shot in the arm for our horsemen; I think this will help a lot of people who have had a challenging meet,” Indiana Downs racing secretary Butch Cook said in a statement. “The marketplace for horses is also very competitive right now. Hopefully this will help generate even more interest in our racing product.”

Indiana Downs general manager Jon Schuster said the track “lost a few partial cards, and two entire cards, due to complications from unprecedented, torrential rainfall.” In June, about 16 inches of rain fell on Indiana Downs; normal rainfall for the month is three inches, he said.

Indiana Downs is scheduled to run its meet feature, the $200,000 Oliver Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf, June 30. First post time for that program is set for 4:55 p.m. EDT.



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