As expected with VLT's imminent, NYRA announced significant purse increases for the Big A, starting on Jan 1; average daily prizes will go up to $375,000 from $275,000.
A few more examples of the purse increases are as follows:Wow. Take that, Parx. Think we'll be seeing a few more horses around here during the winter seasons. At least until this starts to really take effect.
* Allowance n2x - $69,000 for routes, $64,000 for sprints, up from $47,000 and $46,000
* Allowance n2x (New York-breds) - $59,000 for routes, $54,000 for sprints, up from $43,000 and $42,000
* Allowance n1x - $67,000 for routes, $62,000 for sprints, up from $45,000 and $44,000
* Allowance n1x (New York-breds) - $57,000 for routes, $52,000 for sprints, up from $41,000 and $40,000
* Maiden Special Weight - $65,000 for routes, $60,000 for sprints, up from $43,000 and $42,000
* Maiden Special Weight (New York-breds) - $55,000 for routes, $50,000 for sprints, up from $39,000 and $38,000
* 10k Claiming - $31,000 for routes, $30,000 for sprints, up from $21,000 and $20,000 [NYRA Press Release]
I've said this before, but, if a $10,000 claiming horse is running for an $18,000 winning share, then isn't it inherently worth more than $10,000 just based on that? It kind of blurs the line I think amongst claiming levels, and makes drops in class less significant in terms of viewing the trainer's motivation skeptically with respect to the horse's health or fitness. But we'll see.
- You knew that Saturday was a slow stakes day if the center of attention was that mediocre series of Kentucky Cup stakes races at Turfway capped off by the overgraded G2 Kentucky Cup itself, won by Future Prospect ($38.40), who was available for a 62K claiming tag over the summer.
It was kinda funny watching the Juvenile Fillies race on TVG. Tom Amoss was on the on-air team, and also had an entrant in the race; Charming Vixen was 6-1 morning line in her first try around two turns and on synthetic (though the latter also applied to most others). Amoss however was not shy about touting his filly's chances, and made her his 'checkmark' selection - talk about conflict of interest, and about getting a tip straight from the trainer!! Little surprise then she got bet down to 3-1. And keep that in mind for the next time you get a tip from Amoss, as she won the race handily!
In the juvenile colts race, a white streak named Hansen, who won his debut over the track by 12, won this one by 13, prompting a wave of hysterical Twitter tweets. Impressive pp lines to be sure but whoa, Nellie! Consider the competition (he earned a Beyer of just 80) and the surface before getting too excited about this son of Tapit, out of a Sir Cat mare, with nothing to show on his catalog page.