Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, announced today an across the board purse increase beginning with Condition Book #2, which starts Monday, January 30. The increase of 5% will take the daily purse distribution to an unprecedented level for the facility, which began live thoroughbred racing in November, 2014.
Mark Loewe, Vice-President of Ohio Racing for Penn Gaming, and Dave Basler, Executive Director of the OHBPA, jointly announced their thanks for the continued support from the local horsemen and those from neighboring jurisdictions as well as the response bettor’s across North America have shown for our racing product. “This, along with solid VLT revenues has allowed Mahoning Valley Race Course to gain momentum in the simulcast market nationwide allowing for the purse increase.” Loewe added “Our overnight daily purse distribution will now average more than $105,000, excluding-Stakes races and the median purse will be more than $13,000.
Overnight purses will now start at $7,900 for $4,000 claimers, maiden special weight races will feature a purse of $17,900, and open allowance races for Ohio Bred Horses will have a purse of $32,100, compared to the previous range of $7,500-$31,000. Stakes Races are not affected by the increase and will still be worth a minimum of $75,000.