Keyword: purses

  • Keeping Pace by Frank Angst

    California Takeout Increase Falls Short

    Since California lawmakers approved a takeout hike effective for the 2011 racing season, the price increase on horseplayers has failed to deliver projected purse increases and has been followed by reduced handle and race days.

  • Arrogate won last year's Travers Stakes, highlight of the Saratoga Race Course season that opens July 21

    Plenty of Action to Start Saratoga Meet

    The opening weekend of the all-important race meet begins with five graded stakes, including opening day co-features of the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) for 2-year-old fillies and the Lake George Stakes (G3T) for 3-year-old fillies on turf.

  • Oaklawn Park reports record purses for the 2017 season

    Record Purses, Increased Handle at Oaklawn Park

    Culminating with 62,500 fans turning out to watch champion Classic Empire win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), the 2017 Oaklawn live racing season concluded with nearly a 5% gain in total handle and another record-setting season for purses.

  • Oaklawn Park will increase purses for the ninth consecutive year

    Oaklawn Park Increases Purses

    Purses for maiden special weight races will increase from $72,000 to $80,000 and allowance races will go to as much as $84,000 after starting the season for as much as $76,000.

  • Keeneland set an attendance record at its fall meet that concluded Oct. 29.

    Keeneland Sets Fall Meet Attendance Record

    Keeneland closed its 2016 fall meet, which celebrated the 80th anniversary of racing at the world-famous track, on Oct. 29 with record total on-track attendance of 276,543 and substantial gains in on-track and all-sources wagering. 

  • Kentucky Downs

    Another Handle Spike for Kentucky Downs

    With record purses attracting full fields and low takeout sparking interest from horseplayers, Kentucky Downs closed its five-date boutique meet Sept. 15 with total wagering up nearly 34 percent.

  • Del Mar racing

    Handle, Purses Down Slightly at Del Mar

    Highlighted by its most successful single day ever, a sparkling parade of stakes races, and a continuing enhancement of its reputation as a sporting-entertainment venue, Del Mar raced to an uplifting finish to its 77th summer season Sept. 5.

  • Mountaineer Continues to Feel Purse Pinch

    Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort will be in the spotlight Aug. 6 with its $1.65 million all-stakes program featuring the West Virginia Derby. But on a day-to-day basis, the track continues to struggle in a difficult economic environment.

  • Charitable Annuity wins 2015 WV Breeders' Classic

    WVBC Program Awarded $1.17M for 2016 Purses

    The West Virginia Racing Commission July 19 signed off on $1,170,000 in funding for purses for the 30th edition of the West Virginia Breeders' Classics Oct. 8 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

  • Hong Kong to Offer Increased Purses

    Prize money for the 2016-17 Hong Kong racing season will extend to another record level while purses for two of the Hong Kong Jockey Club's three spring group I features, the Champions Mile and Chairman's Sprint Prize, will be increased.

  • Charles Town in West Virginia

    West Virginia Purses to Take Another Hit

    Though the numbers will vary depending on revenue generated by video lottery terminals, purse accounts at West Virginia racetracks will take another hit because of a legislature-mandated reduction to help support the fiscal 2016-17 budget.

  • Penn National is one of three Thoroughbred tracks in Pennsylvania

    Breeding Fund Changes Approved by PA House

    The Pennsylvania House June 30 approved substantive changes to the Thoroughbred breeding fund, some payments from which have been suspended for months because of problematic language in a horse racing reform bill that became law in February.

  • Del Mar

    Del Mar Decreases Overnight Purses

    Del Mar will drop overnight purses for a second consecutive year, according to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club vice president of racing and industry relations Tom Robbins.

  • Breeders' Cup Increases Entry Fees for 2016

    Increased entry fees await participating owners in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships but Breeders' Cup officials note that many owner benefits have been added to the event in recent years and more will be unveiled in 2016.

  • Woodbine in Ontario, Canada

    Woodbine, Horsemen Sign Three-Year Contract

    Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association June 7 said they have signed a contract that guarantees 133 days of live racing at Woodbine through 2018.

  • Wagering on U.S. Races Falls About 4% in May

    Preakness day registered record handle but with the Kentucky Derby day handle down slightly from last year's record mark, wagering on U.S. races in the month of May fell 3.95% when compared with the same month last year.

  • VLT casino at Aqueduct in New York

    Senate Committee OKs NYRA Legislation

    A measure to end the state's control of the New York Racing Association is advancing in the New York legislature, and a key lawmaker said Gov. Andrew Cuomo has still not revealed his own idea for the future of the racing organization.

  • Racing at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs Bumps Overnight Purses 4%

    Because of an increase in pari-mutuel revenue from Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week business, Churchill Downs June 1 said it will increase overnight purses by 4% for the remainder of its spring meet, which ends July 2.

  • Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack

    Finger Lakes Horsemen Call for Support

    After months of saying Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is at risk of closure, the organization representing horsemen at the upstate New York track have begun a statewide ad campaign.

  • Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts

    Suffolk to Offer Three Two-Day Festivals

    Thoroughbred racing will return to Suffolk Downs for three two-day racing festivals, officials at the Massachusetts track said May 5. The mini-meets will be held in July, August, and September.

  • Penn National is one of six tracks in Pennsylvania

    PA Report: Slots Provide Almost 90% of Purses

    More than $228 million was accrued for purses at six Pennsylvania racetracks in 2015 with almost 90% of the funds derived from slot machine revenue, according to an annual report that analyzes the racetrack gaming industry in the state.

  • Canterbury Park in Minnesota

    Canterbury to Cut Takeout Across the Board

    Canterbury Park and its horsemen's group hope to make a statement this year with an across-the-board reduction in pari-mutuel takeout rates that will range from 15% to 18% for the 2016 meet.