05/31/2012 5:17PM

Meadowlands: Purses on the rise for certain conditions


Purses will increase 25 percent for the non-winners of one and non-winners two classes at the Meadowlands beginning Friday, June 8. 

In addition, all horses competing in overnight races at the Meadowlands will earn money regardless of where they finish.  Beginning Friday, June 8, horses finishing 6-10 will receive two percent of the purse value.  The additional payout will not effect the current purse distribution to the top five finishers, nor does it apply to stakes races or late closers.

Two new series for 4 and 5-year-old horses who are winners of at least $50,000 lifetime but under $150,000 have also been added to the summer schedule.  Nominations will close Wednesday, June 20 for the Buddy Gilmour for pacers and Paul Doherty for trotters.  Both stakes consist of two $20,000 preliminary legs and an estimated $60,000 final.  The nominating fee for both events is $1,000. 

The Buddy Gilmour will be raced on consecutive Saturdays beginning July 7.  The Paul Doherty will be raced Fridays beginning June 29.  The earnings cap for mares in the Doherty is $200,000 lifetime.

Here come the babies

The Meadowlands will welcome fans and horse owners to watch the baby races every Saturday morning beginning June 2.  The non-wagering events begin at 10 a.m. and will feature live race calls.  Paddock tours will be available and children’s activities will be offered on four of the Saturdays: June 16 and 23 and July 7 and 21. 

(edited press release-Meadowlands)