07/26/2014 3:56PM

Delaware Park cuts purses

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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.