Purse Pool Increase of over $1,200,000 million
2024 Purse Increase Overview
Alberta’s thoroughbred horse racing industry is set for an exciting 2024, marked by significant purse increases across all race categories. The infographic illustrates a strategic investment, particularly in the Claiming, Maiden Claiming, and Maiden Special Weight races, showcasing a commitment to elevate the sport’s competitiveness and appeal.
Enhancing Alberta’s Horse Racing Scene
Claiming and Maiden Claiming Races take the spotlight with the significant increase, signaling a push to assist with bottom level horses.
Open Maiden Special Weight races receive substantial boosts, from $20,000 to 25,000 working to bring closer to the $35,000 Alberta bred restricted maiden races.
Offering an additional $1,000 for any condition carded that will be ran at a mile or over in 2024, to incentivize the running of longer races.
A total of 56 race days are scheduled with 42 of those at Century Mile and 14 Days at Century Downs
Overall, these increases reflect a robust growth in the industry’s purse pool, from $5,455,054 in 2023 to $6,664,000 in 2024, a clear testament to the growing enthusiasm and investment in Alberta’s thoroughbred racing industry.