Calder Announces 5-Percent Purse Increase

Calder Casino & Race Course (“Calder”) officials have announced a 5-percent purse increase beginning with today’s racing program.

The increase is applied evenly to base overnight purses, excluding overnight stakes, Florida Owners Awards (FOAs), and maiden special weight races; the latter two were both increased last month.

“Purse contributions from slot machine gaming offered through the Calder Casino have been better than expected,” said Calder Vice President & General Manager John Marshall.   “As always, we’ll continue to manage the purse account responsibly.”

Thoroughbred owner Phil Combest, who assumed the role of Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association president late last week, said, “We're pleased to see that Calder is implementing this five percent increase after the initial purse bump last month.    Hopefully, we’ll be able to build on this momentum and see further increases going forward into the meet.”

Calder announced a 7.5-percent purse increase to base overnight purses on June 3.  Today’s increase brings Calder’s average daily purses, including stakes, up to $230,000 in 2011 from $209,000 in 2010 and $187,000 in 2009.

The 2011 Calder Meet began on April 25 and runs through Sept. 30.  The Tropical Meet will be held from Oct. 1 through Dec. 2.