A 15% across-the-board increase for overnight purses in Maryland has been instituted for the rest of 2021 after a Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (MTHA) Board of Directors meeting June 29. The increase goes into effect at Pimlico July 2, the next date of live racing in the state.
Overnight purse distribution levels will also be restored. First place will be 60% (an increase from 57%); second place is 20% (a decrease from 21%); third place is 10% (down from 11%); and fourth place will be 5% (down from 6%). Fifth place will be 3% (plus 1% for the fifth-through-last place bonus) and sixth place will be 2% (plus 2% for the fifth-through-last place bonus). The 4% bonus remains in place for horses that finish seventh through last.