In the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association released the rundown of the payment structure for the remainder of the 2020 season. Breeder awards, which will remain at the same rate as before the closure, will include an additional 25% for maiden races (first through third). The breakdown is: 50% for PA-Sired PA-Breds and 25% for non-PA-Sired PA-Breds. Breeder awards in all other races will remain at 40% and 20%, respectively.
Additionally, owner bonuses will remain unchanged: Parx will be at 40%, Penn National at 20% and Presque Isle at 30%. Restricted races will continue to be offered at all three racetracks.
“Many of our breeders are also racing their horses, so it is important to keep those percentages at the same level. By doing this we help to solidify our commitment to those breeders who sell their horses commercially and to the new owners that purchase at the sales.”
The 2020 renewal of Pennsylvania Day at the Races, featuring PA-bred stakes, is expected to move to early September (around Labor Day).