09/15/2010 3:31PM

Big Money


If you were a little disappointed that Monmouth Park didn't meet the promise of $1 million a day in purse distribution during its premier meet over the summer, but were still taken by $5,000 claimers running for $30,000 purses, check out Saturday's card at Parx Racing.

As an aside, I admit I first typed Philadelphia Park where Parx Racing went above. It will take a little time getting used the new name, especially for someone like me who worked at this track for the Form back when it was still called Keystone.

Anyway, Saturday's card at Parx Racing is just a one-shot deal called "Owner's Appreciation Day," but it is still pretty cool. The 13-race card has total purses of $1,030,000, and it's not like there's a rich stakes race accounting for most of that. The featured PTHA President's Cup has a purse of "only" $250,000.

Some of the races Saturday at Parx Racing with mind-boggling purses that struck me were $5,000 claimers racing for $50,000; straight maidens racing for a $90,000 purse; and an allowance race that is essentially a non-winners-of-three other than with a $110,000 purse.

The funny thing is, the two richest races on the card - the stakes feature and that $110K allowance race - attracted the smallest fields with just seven and nine entrants, respectively. Not surprisingly, every one of the other 11 races atttracted full fields of 12, although two are turf races where only eight and 10 will be allowed to start. And management at Parx Racing did a smart thing. In the spirit of owner appreciation, and to keep the carpetbaggers out, entry preference went to horses who had the most starts this year at Parx Racing/Philadelphia Park.

I know the economy stinks, but this seems like an awfully good time to own a racehorse who can run even just a little bit. Especially on Saturday. At Parx Racing.