06/25/2010 12:00AM

Indiana Downs raises purses


Indiana Downs racing secretary Butch Cook has announced a purse increase, beginning Tuesday.

"We have raised all purses, with $7,500 claimers through allowance races getting a 30 percent boost," Cook said. "The $5,000 claimers will get a 15 percent increase."

Maiden races will now be $42,000 and upper allowance purses will range from $58,000 to $60,000.

A combination of things led to the increases, according to Cook.

"We have canceled several days and so we have the purses from those races," he said. "Also the slots are doing better than originally projected."

The Indiana Downs meet runs through July 14.