The Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association (A.T.B.H.A.) Board of Directors voted unanimously to pay an incentive purse supplement to the owners of Registered Arkansas-breds when their registered Arkansas-bred places first, second or third in an open company race at Oaklawn Park during the 2017 racing season, excluding all stakes and handicap races, as follows:
a) Four thousand dollars ($4,000) will be paid for a 1st place finish by a Registered Arkansas-bred in an open company race.
b) Two thousand dollars ($2,000) will be paid for a 2nd place finish by a Registered Arkansas-bred in an open company race.
c) One thousand dollars ($1,000) will be paid for a 3rd place finish by a Registered Arkansas-bred in an open company race.
These funds shall be paid from the Arkansas Racing Commission Purse and Awards Fund and shall be disbursed by the Arkansas Racing Commission per written directions from the A.T.B.H.A. pursuant to current Arkansas law.
“The purpose of this purse supplement is to offer incentive for Arkansas-breds to make more starts in open company races and to add interest in owning Arkansas-breds,” A.T.B.H.A. President Bill McDowell said. “We’ve had a similar incentive in place the last two years, but that was only for horses that won against open company. We’re excited that increased funding from the gaming at Oaklawn has allowed us to increase the amount of this supplement and also make it available to horses that finish second or third.”
For more information about the Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association, visit www.atbha.com.