NYRA to offer two new bonus programs for juveniles at Belmont Park spring/summer meet
by Pat McKenna
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced two new bonus programs for juvenile horses competing at the 2023 spring/summer meet at Belmont Park, which will run from Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, July 9.
The newly-launched starter bonus will apply to scheduled juvenile dirt races and awards $2,000 [$1,000 to the owner, $1,000 to the trainer] to each official starter in the race. The starter bonus program, available to open-company and state-bred company, also applies to a pair of 5 1/2-furlong juvenile stakes on Sunday, June 11 in the Listed $150,000 Tremont and its filly counterpart, the $150,000 Astoria.
Additionally, trainers who start a horse in any 2-year-old race [dirt or turf] at the spring/summer meet that are not stabled at a NYRA racetrack, a shipping bonus of $1,000 will be credited to their owner’s account.
Requirements for both bonuses include that the horse must be declared an official starter. Horses that are placed on a poor performance and/or veterinarian list will not be eligible for the bonus.
The 40-day Belmont spring/summer meet will include 54 stakes worth $15.57 million in total purses, highlighted by the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival from Thursday, June 8 to Saturday, June 10. For the full Belmont spring/summer meet schedule, visit https://www.nyra.com/belmont/racing/stakes-schedule/.