As a further incentive to offset the cost of ownership in California, all Thoroughbred owners are eligible for Guaranteed Participation Purses.
Guaranteed Participation Purses are paid to horses competing in overnight races, which finish sixth and beyond, and to fifth place finishers when their share of the purse money is less than the corresponding Participation Purse, which are as follows:
- $351 per start in the South
- $300 per start in the North
- $300 per start at the Northern Fairs
Guaranteed Participation Purses are paid directly to owners through the Paymaster’s Account. It is important to understand that the Participation Purses vary by circuit because not all circuits generate equally.
* NOTE: Does not include any bonuses paid by the association in addition to that amount.