The New York Racing Association has eliminated its overnight stakes
program for the upcoming Belmont Park spring/summer meet and will use
that money -- nearly $2.2 million -- to increase purses for
open-company races. Belmont's 59-day meet opens April 30.
Purses for open-company maiden and allowance races will go up
by $10,000 from what they were worth at Aqueduct. The new purses
reflect a $7,000 increase when compared to last year's Belmont
spring/summer meet. Purses for claiming races will go up $5,000, and
maiden claimers will go up by $3,000 from Aqueduct.