Beginning Wednesday, Churchill Downs will raise race purses 6.3 percent, a total of about $200,000, for the rest of the fall meet, which runs through Nov. 28.
Churchill announced the increase Friday. The track said that purse money will be going up because of higher than expected wagering on the early days of the meet; earlier this month the track hosted the Breeders' Cup championships, which had record wagering. But Churchill also announced that while purses are going up an average of $3,000 per race, award money from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund will be reduced 20 percent because of a shift in wagering.
The fund is designed to promote in-state breeding by enhancing purses for Kentucky-bred horses.