Berkeley, Calif. – Track officials announced earlier today that, beginning Sunday, December 26, all starter allowance, maiden claiming and claiming races at Golden Gate Fields will receive purse increases of $3,000. For most of these races, the increase ranges from 20% to, at the highest, 30%.
“We’re really pleased to be able to deliver this purse increase to the horsemen at the most appropriate time,” said Vice President and General Manager of Golden Gate Fields David Duggan. “We appreciate our owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and all of the people who work for them who continue to support our racing product.”
Lower level claiming conditions will see the highest increase, ranging from a 25% to 30% increase per level. Most mid-level claiming purses, both winners and maidens running for a tag, are improving at a 15% to 25% rate. Higher claiming conditions are also set for the same $3,000 purse increase as the lower-level races. $40,000 claimers-the highest claiming condition currently offered in Northern California-will elevate from the current $25,000 purse to $28,000. “Non-winners of 2” starter allowance races will bump up an additional $3,000, too (from $19,000 to $22,000), as will all other starter allowance conditions.
December 26, 2021 is Opening Day of the Winter/Spring meet of 2021/2022 at Golden Gate Fields. The Winter/Spring meet commencing the day after Christmas and runs through mid-June.
Golden Gate Fields Press Release
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