06/22/2011 9:49AM

Turf Paradise will offer higher purses as it benefits from the closing of Yavapai Downs

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Turf Paradise announced a boost in purse money for its upcoming 2011/2012 meet, with overnight purses being increased 10 percent and stakes purses 26 percent.

The Phoenix track opens its 157-day meet Oct. 1 and runs through May 6, 2012, with live racing on a Friday-through-Tuesday schedule.

The purses for 32 stakes will be increased to $35,000 from $25,000, and a couple of the meet's marquee events, the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile and Turf Paradise Derby, will see purse hikes to $75,000 from $50,000.

“We are experiencing an influx of wagering revenue since the in-state OTB system is now being operated by us,” said track general manager Vincent Francia. “We are passing along the benefits to our horsemen for the upcoming meet.”

Turf Paradise took over the OTB system when Yavapai Downs canceled its summer meet this year.