ThistleDown Racino is
raising purses by 5%
By SCOTT SUTTELL
Crain's Cleveland Business
August 27, 2014 1:30 PM
Revenue from the addition of Video Lottery Terminals is helping to push up
purses at ThistleDown Racino in North Randall.
ThistleDown announced Wednesday, Aug. 27, that it will increase purses by 5%,
starting with a special Labor Day race card on Monday, Sept. 1. Purses now will
average $110,000 each racing day, according to a ThistleDown news release.
Purses in low-level races will see an additional $300 to $500. Mid-level
competitions will rise by $1,000 per race, and higher level races will see a
hike of $1,500 per race, ThistleDown said.
This is the second time in the current racing season that ThistleDown has
increased purses. Earlier this year, ThistleDown announced that purses would be
28% higher than in the 2013 season, and that its signature race, the Ohio Derby,
would carry a purse of $300,000 — triple the size of that purse last year.
“Since the addition of Video Lottery Terminals at ThistleDown, horse racing has
seen an increase in fans and wagering,” said Patrick Ellsworth, racing secretary
at ThistleDown, in the news release. “With this latest boost to the purses, we
expect even more fan interaction at the track.”
Daily Racing Form reports that the ThistleDown announcement comes one day after
Belterra Park in Cincinnati announced it was cutting purses 20% across the board
because slot machine revenues had not met expectations.
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