Belmont Increases Maiden Purses
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 4/22/2011 1:07:48 PM
Last Updated: 4/23/2011 2:09:50 PM

Photo: Coglianese Photos

Purses for all 2-year-old maiden special weight races during the Belmont Park spring/summer meet, whether they are open to all comers or are restricted to New York-breds, have been increased to $60,000, the New York Racing Association has announced.

In addition, the Belmont Park spring/summer meet will include the $150,000 Futurity (gr. II) for 2-year-olds and the $150,000 Matron (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies, which will be contested July 3. The races were previously held in the fall and return to the stakes schedule after a one-year hiatus in 2010.

Belmont’s spring/summer meet runs 56 live racing days from April 29-July 17. The 143rd running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the third jewel in racing’s Triple Crown, will take place on Saturday, June 11.

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