Delaware Owners' Day: Almost $900,000 Up For Grabs

Purses are already pretty good at Delaware Park, but on Sept. 7, the annual owners' day sponsored by the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, they'll be even more lucrative.

The 14-race owners' day program offers total purse money of $898,650. There will be 13 Thoroughbred races (the lowest purse at $24,000) and one event for Arabians.

The program will feature top sprinter Xtra Heat in the $150,000 Endine Handicap, a grade III event at six furlongs, as well as the DTHA Owners' Day Handicap and the George Rosenberger Memorial, both of which go for $100,000.

Here's a sampling of some other races on the card: A money allowance event will go for a staggering $79,000, and two maiden special weight races each will go for $58,000. A $16,000 to $14,000 claiming affair was split in two divisions, no doubt because the pot for each one is $42,000. The bottom Thoroughbred race on the program is a $5,000 claimer, but the purse is $24,000.

The Delaware Park program, which begins at noon, might be proof that money talks. In all, 168 horses were entered.

Purses average about $275,000 at Delaware Park, where horse racing has benefited from on-track slot machines since the mid-1990s.