03/13/2014 12:36PM

ThistleDown: Ohio Derby purse raised to $300,000


Thanks in large part to revenue generated by ThistleDown’s video lottery terminals, the purse of the Ohio Derby has been raised from $100,000 to $300,000 this year. The Ohio Derby will be run July 19.
The Ohio Derby offered a $300,000 purse from 1989 through 2001 and peaked at $350,000 from 2004 to 2006. The purse was dropped to $100,000 beginning in 2010. Long a Grade 3 race, the Ohio Derby was downgraded to a listed stakes for this year.

ThistleDown opened its casino in April 2013. The Cleveland racino has 1,150  video lottery terminals and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The VLT revenue has resulted in a 28 percent purse increase for this year’s meet. Purses will average over $100,000 a day for the first time in track history.
Thistledown will begin its 90th season April 19 and run 122 days through Nov. 16.

John Stevelberg 11 months ago
Will still be very fortunate to get 6 entries - excluding locals.
hhendr6461 15 days ago
Hope your right, we may bring East Hall up from Fl..
Ray Sousa 11 months ago
has long as they run the slots and don't allow one of the casino operators to take over they will be fine..