Beginning with Wednesday's card, Tampa Bay Downs will increase purses by 10% due to continued gains in simulcast revenue. It marks the fourth time purses have been upped during the 2020-21 meeting, which opened Nov. 25 and will continue to May 2, with previous boosts occurring Dec. 16, Feb. 3, and Feb. 20.
“The latest increase is a tribute to our horsemen who strive to deliver a quality product, the racing office for its efforts to provide competitive racing with full fields, and fans around the country who continue to flock to our signal,” said Peter Berube, Tampa Bay's vice president and general manager.
According to the Oldsmar track, purses for each race will increase by $3,000 from their previous levels. Maiden special weights have been raised to $29,000, which includes $1,000 per race from the Florida Owners' Awards program.