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Pennsylvania State Bonuses Increase

Published: August 29, 2008 11:30 am ET

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Earl Beal, Jr., president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, today announced that the organization will increase from 20% to 40% the bonus for any Pennsylvania-owned, trained or sired winning horses at Pocono Downs from September 1 through 13.

In addition to the 40% win bonus, the PHHA will also extend a 20% bonus to second place horses at the northeast Pennsylvania track. Qualifying winners will automatically receive the bonuses as part of their purse cheque, and no action is required on their part.

Under certain circumstances, a winner that qualifies could earn a bonus totaling up to 80%: 40% from the 2008 bonus, 20% if the win occurs in a Pennsylvania-sired race, plus an additional 20% if a horse meeting the two prior conditions also wins from the nine hole.

The bonus program was developed in response to a funding excess created by this year's abbreviated meet, which is 95 days versus 133 in 2007, to allow for the construction of a new paddock over the fall and winter.

"While we wish this year's meet could have been longer, the benefits of a completely new and state-of-the-art paddock far outweigh this one-time inconvenience," said Beal.

"The bonus program has been tremendously successful in offsetting the condensed schedule, and this large increase for the final month of racing provides a meaningful way for us to celebrate and reward those who support the Pennsylvania standardbred industry."

To date, over $600,000 has been awarded in conjunction with the bonus program.


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