Bigger Purses At The Spa

The most talented horses, and riders, east of the Mississippi annually gather for six weeks at historic Saratoga Race Course.

This year they’ll be competing for purses that speak to the level of ability they bring to The Spa.

Significant increases of more than $1.6 million dollars to the purse schedule for the 2022 summer were announced by the New York Racing Association last week.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer these purse increases across the middle core of our racing program,” said Frank Gabriel, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for NYRA.

“We look forward to continuing to support our horsemen at the upcoming Saratoga summer meet. These purse increases should only add to the already competitive racing on offer at the nation’s greatest race meet.”

All open two and three-other-than Allowance races will see an increase of $15,000 to $120,000 and $125,000, respectively, while a-other-than Allowances will be increased by $12,000 to $115,000.

Restricted one and two-other than Allowances will both see an increase of $5,000 to $95,000 and $100,000, respectively. $50,000 starter Allowances will increase by $8,000 and offer a $70,000 purse.

$50,000 Claiming races will offer an $80,000 purse, up $8,000 from last year. Additionally, there will be a $6,000 increase for the $40,000 level, a $5,000 increase for the $25,000 level, and a $4,000 boost for both the $32,000 and $20,000 levels.

Open Maiden special weight races at Saratoga will enjoy a $5,000 boost, increasing to $105,000. New York-bred maiden special weights will increase by $3,000 to $88,000.

The best horses, the top jockeys, bigger purses- The Summer Place To Be.

The meet begins Thursday, July 14th and continues through Monday, September 5th.

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