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Purses are adjusted upward at Pompano Park
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - by Frank Salive, for Pompano Park

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Pompano Beach, FL --- No complex calculations were needed at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park when a purse increase went into effect on Monday, Dec. 20.

"Our race secretary, Greg DeFrank, decided we would make it user friendly number, so as of tonight's program the purse was raised $500 for every race that went to the starting gate," John Yinger, the South Florida track's director of racing operations, said.

Percentage-wise, the purse increases range anywhere from just over four percent to almost fifteen percent. In the top classes, purses are up from $12,000 to $12,500. In the lowest non-winners conditions and $4,000 claiming class on both gaits purses were increased from $3,000 to $3,500.

"These purse increases are in effect for a two week period and we'll be making a decision about how things will proceed after about January 10," Yinger said.

"Greg DeFrank came up with this idea, and I think it's a good one, that we bump up the purses now to add some holiday cheer for our backstretch. It's pretty much a standard procedure that we'll continue to look at things in consultation with our horsepeople into the new year.

“The recent handle trends have been encouraging and our scheduling change to move the Friday programs to Tuesday has worked out really well. With respect to the competitive and entertainment aspects of our on-track product we think we're continuing to move forward," Yinger added.

For this week only, there's a scheduling change with a Thursday program set for Dec. 23 and no live racing on Saturday, Dec. 25. The Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday programs will all feature 11 races and a top-class event for a $12,500 purse. Post time is always 7:05 p.m., eastern at The Winter Capital of Harness Racing.


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