07/26/2014 3:56PM

Delaware Park cuts purses


Delaware Park has lowered the purses for its higher-level overnight races to preserve its purse account.

The Stanton, Del., track’s casino, which is the major contributor to racing purses, is facing increased competition from casino gambling in other Mid-Atlantic states.

The reduced purse structure, which includes the canceling of all overnight stakes, was done in agreement with the condition book committee of the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, according to a release put out by the track. The reductions go into effect with the new condition book that begins Aug. 2.

This past week, a pair of $50,000 stakes for 2-year-olds, the White Clay Creek and the Strike Your Colors, were canceled.

Purses for straight maiden races will be reduced from $35,000 to $30,000, first-level allowance races will be trimmed from $37,000 to $31,000, and second-level allowance races will be cut from $38,000 to $33,000.

The 81-day Delaware Park season continues through Oct. 22.

1971 Whippet More than 1 year ago
Worried about Delaware Park? You should've been at Saratoga yesterday. The Carousel Bar had a one large table filled with unneeded waitstaff. The outer section, empty. In the stands. Seats at the top of the stretch? Empty. Even the reckless horseplayers seem to have found their conservative selves this summer. And, by the way, I did not blame Martin Panza. Not yet.
Patricia Mikulski More than 1 year ago
poor management 750,000.00 purse last week now no money
Mark D More than 1 year ago
I remember the days before slots where the allowance races were $8,000. I am glad to see Marylanders keeping there $$$ at home.
ken n More than 1 year ago
What a dump..
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
They designed the purse structure with no money in the kick? Brilliant.
william More than 1 year ago
imagine what the purse structure will be like (all over the US) once the casino subsidy is pulled.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Hey Delaware Park, it's been nice knowing you
Patricia Mikulski More than 1 year ago
poor management $750,000.00 purse in one race last week and now no money