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Emerald Downs to increase purses next Thursday

June 12, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Track President Ron Crockett has announced a purse increase for most claiming races at Emerald Downs, to take effect on Thursday, June 18.

“Although we are down in wagering handle, our races are filling different than expected,” Crockett said. “Due to this, we are able to offer a 4% increase on our claiming races through $25,000, beginning June 18, 2009.”

The increase will be offered on races ranging from the $3,500 bottom claiming level through $25,000 claiming. For example, open $3,500 claimers will now be running for a $6,250 purse, compared to the $6,000 offered from the beginning of the season on April 17. And an open $25,000 claiming race will now be worth $15,700, compared to $15,100.

Through 28 days, Emerald Downs has shown a slight increase in on-track attendance, a noteworthy development given a tough local economy.

“We really can’t say enough about our loyal fans,” Crockett said. “To be up in attendance is truly remarkable during these down economic times.”

The new condition book, which covers race days from June 18 to July 5, is available at

Additional information for horsemen is available at the Emerald Downs website — — under the "Horsemen's Center" tab.