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5 New November Stakes Races, Purse Increases Announced by Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and PARX Racing

BENSALEM, PA (November 1, 2022) – The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (PTHA), in
collaboration with Parx Racing, is pleased to announce several purse increases starting in the November
Condition book, along with the addition of five new stake races in late November, including three for
Thanksgiving Eve, November 23 rd, and two on Tuesday, November 29 th. 
“The increased purses and additional stakes races are the results of higher than forecast handle
throughout the year, including the record-breaking handle for Pennsylvania Derby Day,” said Jeff Matty,
Executive Director of the PTHA. “Increasing these purses, especially our state-bred purses, will allow us
to build on this momentum heading into 2023 while at the same time being very competitive with
surrounding state-bred programs. The breeding side of our business has a major impact on the state’s
agricultural economy and we want to do our part to encourage people to breed, foal, and race
Pennsylvania-bred foals. Increasing our purses, especially in the Maiden Special Weight categories, as
well as our Allowance, will be a boost to our stakes programs for years to come.”  
This year, the stakes program at Parx added PA-bred and PA-Sired races in coordination with the
Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association (PHBA).  In addition, Parx Director of Racing David Osojnak and
his team’s open stakes at Parx attracted multiple Grade 1 winners, both in open divisions as well as filly
and mares.  
“We are fortunate to have very good horses, trainers, owners, and jockeys here at Parx,” David Osojnak,
Parx Director of Racing/Racing Secretary. “The quality of our horse population and our racing has gotten
better every year since I have been here and our handle numbers reflect this steady improvement. It’s a
no-brainer to increase our purses for our higher-class races and to build on our stakes program.”
“The breeders are grateful to Parx Racing and the PTHA for moving the restricted purses up starting on
November 1st. After a very successful Pa-Bred / Pa-Sired Stakes program this year, these purse increases
are just another added incentive to breed and race in Pennsylvania,” said Brian Sanfratello, Executive
Secretary of the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association.
The purse increases are for the Open and PA Bred Maiden Special Weight and Allowance races.  They
started with Parx’s November 1 st card. Parx’s new condition book is online here.
The five additional stakes races scheduled for November include:
Wednesday, November 23 
The Turkey Trot Handicap 
For Three Year Olds and Upward
$75,000
One Mile Seventy Yards
The Let’s Give Thanks Handicap 
For Three Year Olds and Upward 
$75,000

Six and One Half Furlongs
The Cornucopia Handicap 
$75,000
For Fillies and Mares Three Year Olds and Upward
Six and One Half Furlongs


Tuesday, November 29
The Future Stars Handicap
$75,000
For Two-Year-Olds
Six Furlongs
The Future Stars Handicap – Filly Division
$75,000
For Two-Year-Old Fillies 
$75,000
Six Furlongs

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