Maiden special weight races at Belmont Park for the spring/summer meet will see purses increase from $75,000 to $80,000, while similar $5,000 purse increases will be implemented for first-and-second-level allowance races.
First-level allowance purses will now be $82,000 and second-level will be upped to $85,000. Third-level allowance races will be worth $87,000, marking a $2,000 increase from 2018.
The 48-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet, featuring 59 total stakes races worth $18.4 million, will start Friday, April 26 and run through Sunday, July 7.
NYRA will also continue the under-20 claiming challenge, implemented to boost trainers with stables of 20 or fewer horses, where points are accumulated based on placing in claiming races.