Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Top Horses Race to Track as Daily Purses Increase

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Top Horses Race to Track as Daily Purses Increase

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Remington Park is starting to cash in on its bet that off- track simulcast wagering would improve the quality of racing.

Backed by the new law, Remington has twice raised the daily purse in the summer Quarter Horse racing season.

More betting means higher purses, which attracts better horses, which leads to more betting, which ... well, you get the idea.

Purses have been raised twice from about $40,000 daily at the beginning of the Remington Park Quarter Horse Meeting to $66,000 daily this week.

"The purses have gone up just like we said they would," said Pat Jaynes, track chief operating officer. "As we get more experience with full-card simulcasting, it is only getting better. The better it gets, the more money we get to put into purses."

"Seven of the top 10 Quarter Horses in the world are now racing at Remington Park and the others wish they were," he said.

Trial races for the $534,425 Heritage Place Futurity will fill the cards Thursday and Friday with 163 of the nation's top two-year- olds.

The top five horses in trials each day will go on the final race July 14. The second five each day will race in a Futurity Consolation Race July 14.

A front-runner for the trials will be Send Me The Candy, winner of the $290,000 Remington Park Quarter Horse Futurity, and seeking to set a record by capturing both titles. No horse has ever won both the Remington Quarter Horse Futurity and Heritage Place Futurity.

Winner of the Heritage Place Futurity will take home $201,050.68, said Ray Hoover, president of Heritage Place.

Horses entered in the Futurity were bought at the Heritage Place 1995 September Quarter Horse Yearling Sale.

The 1996 Heritage Place Quarter Horse Select Yearling Sale is scheduled Sept. 19, 20 and 21 with more than 800 Quarter Horse racing prospects consigned, Hoover said.

Trials for the Grade I Heritage Place Derby for three-year-olds will be on the card Saturday. Entries will be taken today from 78 horses eligible to enter trials for that race.

Horses eligible for entry in that race were bought at the 1994 Heritage Place Quarter Horse Yearling Sale, and their owners have paid nomination fees. …

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