10/05/2015 2:48PM

Fall Festival purses lowered in response to quarantine


In response to the equine herpesvirus quarantine that will be in place until at least Oct. 29 at Parx Racing, purses are being lowered at the track’s inaugural Fall Festival while the duration of the festival is being extended.

Purses for the festival, which began Aug. 29, had been doubled from approximately $250,000 to $500,000 per day. Parx management and the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association have agreed that beginning Sunday, purses will be reduced to $300,000 per day.

While the festival was scheduled to conclude Oct. 20, the new purse structure will remain in place for the remainder of the Parx meet, which runs through Dec. 22.

“Part of the reason to have the festival was to attract top horses from out of state,” said Sam Elliott, director of racing at Parx. “Not only will the quarantine restrict our ability to do that, but since horses shipping in will have to stay here, we’re going to run out of backstretch space, and we will lose our ability to accommodate them.”

The increased purse money for the festival is the result of an agreement between Parx management and the PTHA to reduce racing dates. Parx closed for two weeks in August and will not race between Dec. 22, 2015, and Feb. 13, 2016. The purse money saved from the reduced schedule was funneled to the festival.

“By extending the enhanced purse structure from Oct 20. to Dec. 22, we will give our local horsemen more opportunities to race at the higher level,” Elliott said.

Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
close the track and put in more slots and poker tables,the racing part of parx is on life support,the product is so poor ,why even bother.even on dark ny days the handle is just slightly higher. it is hard to bet the inferior horses at this place
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
so nice of drf to let us {people w/o drf+} to be able to comment on bs stories like this. #silencethemasses
r More than 1 year ago
Parx needs to seriously look at their racing integrity. The "whip hand-off" race from 2 weeks ago clearly shows what kind of BS is going on at Parx. The track is un-bettable based on juicing trainers and shady jockey tactics. The inflated purses are like putting lip stick on a pig. Boycott parx. their take out is near the highest in the US.
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
Did you see that yesterday Juan Vasquez had a horse at 17-1 go wire to wire? The same Juan Vasquez who has been kicked out of Maryland and Delaware for multiple drug violations, but hey "Welcome to PARX Juan!". PARX is as crooked as they come.
Jamie Murphy More than 1 year ago
that's what I don't get. if a trainer receives a suspension on such a blatant disrespect or rules for the game and the other tracks let him run there anyways. I think if you are closed off from one track, the subsequent tracks should at least hold hearings on said trainer. like a review of their training license.