Churchill Downs Hikes Purses by 5%

Churchill Downs has announced a 5 percent increase in overnight purses for its Spring Meet races, effective June 5.

The 5 percent increase will add an average of $13,500 per day to overnight race purses at Churchill Downs. The increase is the first for Churchill Downs since June 2000 and is due to record wagering on the 128th renewals of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby and continued growth in out-of-state wagering on Churchill Downs races.

The increase will affect all overnight races, which include allowance, maiden special weight, claiming races and maiden claiming races.

Purses for stakes races and purse supplements from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) will not be affected by this increase.