Good news from Illinois. Bigger purses, more competition, more competition, larger fields leading to good betting races, leading to more handle, leading to…bigger purses!
Park Purses to Jump 20% in 2012
Fairmount Park and the Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association have agreed upon an increased purse structure for 2012 thanks to the racetrack’s share of casino impact funding it received last year.
According to a purse guide from the track, purses will increase roughly 20%. The bottom purse of $4,000 for $3,200 claimers in 2011 will increase to $5,000 in 2012. Maiden special weight races, worth $6,000 last year, will go for $8,000.