Emerald Downs Announces Claiming Bonuses


Emerald DownsReed & Erin Palmer

Beginning with opening day May 15, 2022, all 3-year-olds and older that ran in any claiming race at least once at any track since Jan. 1, 2021, receive a $1,000 bonus ($750 to the horse owner, $250 to the trainer) in the horse's first start in any claiming race at Emerald Downs which must occur before July 1, 2022.

“It's important to extend bonuses to all horses,” track president Phil Ziegler said. “We appreciate shippers, of course, but we also recognize that some of our owners and trainers race exclusively at Emerald Downs. This bonus money helps offset their off-season expenses. For the horses that go out of state in the off season, this helps with the expense of bringing them back to Emerald Downs.”

Emerald Downs also announced other incentives for 2022:

  • Initial stall bedding will be provided for all horses arriving prior to starting day.
  • All hot walkers will be free throughout the season.
  • Participation money on any race that has eight or more starters increased to $300 (horses finishing sixth through last).

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