The New York Racing Association will offer increased purses for its 2021 Saratoga meet, it announced Tuesday. The first online condition book for the meet is now available at www.nyra.com/saratoga/horsemen. Physical copies will be available in the Belmont Park racing office starting Friday.
All open stakes with a previously listed purse of $100,000 have been increased to $120,000. Open maiden special weights have been given a $10,000 bump to $100,000, while New York-bred MSWs have gone from $80,000 to $85,000. All other conditions have also been given purse increases.
“We look forward to welcoming horsemen from across the country back to Saratoga,” said Keith Doleshel, NYRA Racing Secretary for the Saratoga summer meet. “The purse increases across the board should help make the 2021 season a summer full of the competitive racing that Saratoga is known for.”
NYRA will once again offer maiden races restricted to horses who sold or RNA'd at their last auction for $45,000 or less–purses in the first condition book for those races are $80,000, up $5,000 from last year.
The Saratoga meet opens on Thursday, July 15 and will continue through Monday, Sept. 6. Dark days will be Monday and Tuesday–other than the traditional closing day on Labor Day.