"We're enjoying a successful season," says Murphy. "Because of the great cooperation from our local horsemen, field size has increased and this goes to show with fuller fields comes increases in purses."
Beginning July 5th, Thistledown will offer a 7% purse increase on $10,000 claiming races and above and a 5% purse increase on those races under $10,000. The purse increase is a direct effect of increased field size, export handle and record-breaking Triple Crown and Ohio Derby days, according to a release from the track. Bill Murphy, Thistledown's vice-president and general manager, says the horsemen's cooperation with the Ohio racing program is appreciated and they are deserving of the purse increase.