PURSE INCREASES AT SARATOGA HARNESS TRACK
9/17/2012 5:44:52 PM
(Saratoga Springs, NY) – Positive results from VLT and pari-mutuel revenue have prompted Saratoga Casino and Raceway to increase purses by 15 percent, effective September 19.
This adjustment in purses will raise the overnight purse distribution to $100,000 per program, the highest amount in the 71-year history of the track. The increase will impact all classes.
"We are extremely pleased to offer horsemen the opportunity to earn more money while competing at our racetrack," said John Matarazzo, Director of Racing Operations at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. "The increased purses will contribute to our on-going efforts to offer a top quality racing product for our fans."
Open Division horses will now race for $21,000. $10,000 Claimers will race for $8,600, while Maidens and $5,000 Claimers will race for $5,200 and $4,500, respectively.
The harness track’s 2012 race season runs through December 15.
About Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Saratoga Casino and Raceway, located on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY, features over 1,700 slots, electronic table games, Vapor Night Club, two full-service restaurants with buffets, a casual dining restaurant, three full-service bars, deli and a variety of guest services including valet parking and coat check. Operating hours for the gaming facility are 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. every day. Simulcast races can be viewed seven days a week and live harness racing runs March through mid-December. For a full racing schedule and additional information, please visit www.saratogagaming.com or call 800-727-2990. Must be 18 years of age or older to play video gaming machines or wager on horses. Please play responsibly.