"This is part of our continuing efforts to increase purse money at our tracks," said NYRA racing secretary and handicapper Mike Lakow. "We are pleased that we will be able to keep the open purse levels at Saratoga in effect at Belmont. We also wanted to reward the owners and breeders of state breds for their continued support of New York racing, especially in light of the fact that state bred races did not benefit from the $2,000 raises put into effect for the Belmont spring meet or here at Saratoga."
As a result of strong wagering at New York Racing Association tracks this year, purses for New York-bred races will be raised by $2,000 during the upcoming Belmont Park fall meet.NYRA also announced that the purses for open company horses running in maiden special weight and allowance company which were raised $2,000 for the Saratoga meet will remain at that level during the Belmont meet. The New York-bred races were not raised along with the open races prior to Saratoga.