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Breeders’ Cup increases purses by $4 million for 3 races

HORSE RACING: NOV 02 Breeders' Cup

ARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Irad Ortiz Jr. holds up 7 fingers to comemorate winning 7 consecutive races with Bricks and Mortar after winning the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf during the Breeders’ Cup on November, 2, 2019, at Santa Anita Park inArcadia, CA. (Photo by Cynthia Lum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Breeders’ Cup is increasing purses for three of its races, including a $1 million boost that will make the signature Classic worth $7 million starting with this year’s event at Keeneland.

The board of directors approved a $2 million boost that will make the Turf worth a total purse of $6 million and a $1 million increase to the Dirt Mile that will raise its purse to $2 million. The board also approved paying runners down to the 10th finishing position from the current eighth position.

The increases bring the total purses and awards for the two-day world championships to $35 million. It will be held Nov. 6-7.

Starting with this year’s event, the Breeders’ Cup will adopt six recommendations from Dr. Larry Bramlage involving safety and veterinary evaluation protocols.

Also, any U.S. track that wants to host a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In challenge race and isn’t a member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition will be required to adopt all 19 safety and integrity reforms and must demonstrate a good faith effort in implementing those reforms.