The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA)
has announced a $100,000 bonus for any 2-year-old who breaks its maiden at the
2012 Belmont Park spring meet and goes on to win a
graded stakes at Saratoga Race Course, Belmont, or Aqueduct Racetrack in 2012.
The bonus, which can only be paid out once for each eligible horse
during the course of the year, will be written into the conditions of all NYRA
graded juvenile races and will therefore count towards the horse’s
official graded earnings.
“The graded staked bonus that NYRA is offering, along with the
enhanced purse structure, underlines that New York is THE place for horsemen to run
their 2-year-olds,” said Rick Violette, president of the New York
Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. “The fact that the $100,000
bonus is written into the condition of the graded races is a real enticement
for horsemen, as those earnings are very important for getting into races like
the Kentucky Derby.”
The 56-day Belmont
spring meet, which runs from Friday, April 27 through Sunday, July 15, will
offer open Maiden Special Weight races with purses of $70,000 for sprints and
$75,000 for routes, while New York-bred Maiden Special Weights will have purses
of $55,000 and $60,000 for sprints and routes, respectively.
NYRA’s juvenile graded stakes schedule includes seven races that
have already been announced for the 2012 Saratoga
meet and can be viewed online at NYRA.com.
Additionally, 10 graded juvenile races will likely be run during the 2012 Belmont fall and 2012
Aqueduct fall meets, with those exact schedules announced later this year.