Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, citing an increase in pari-mutuel handle, raised most purses effective Sept. 27.
Officials at the Indiana racetrack said purses for non-conditioned claiming races of $10,000 or higher were increased $3,000, while races for $7,500 and above were raised $2,000.
Hoosier Park will host its biggest program of the year Oct. 1 when the Indiana Derby and Indiana Oaks (both gr. II) will be run.
“We have had a strong demand for our simulcasting signal and as a result, we’ve had more exposure and we are in more locations this year,” Hoosier Park racing secretary Kevin Greely said. “We have been able to gain this exposure because of the increase in quality of our product and the content of our races. All of this has been made possible by the support of our horsemen here at Hoosier Park.”
Hoosier Park, locate in Anderson, has 2,000 slot machines, some revenue from which goes to horse racing.