Illinois purses to rise 50 percent immediately
August 11, 2011
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The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) has advised its membership via its website that it and the management of Maywood Park and Balmoral Park have agreed to increase purses across the board by approximately 50 percent effective immediately.
The new condition sheets for Balmoral and Maywood Park show the following improvements: straight $4,000 claimer--old purse of $2,200, new purse is $3,200; invitational pace--old purse of $10,900, new purse of $17,000.
To compare with its closest track, in late July Indiana Downs carded a straight $8,000 claimer with a purse of $6,000 and a $6,000 claimer with a purse of $4,500.