Ed Burke Nominations Jump
Futurity nominations rise more than 6 percent.
January 12, 2015
Nominations to the 2015 Ed Burke Million Futurity are on a record pace as of the December 15 sustaining payment with the number of eligible horses being the highest since the event’s administrator, Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association, introduced a new payment structure in 2011.
There are currently 262 2-year-olds that remain eligible to compete in the trial to the Ed Burke Million to be held on Sunday, June 7. The figure also represents a 6.5 percent increase from the 2014 Ed Burke Million Futurity when 246 horses were still eligible as of the December 15, 2013 payment. When compared to similar nomination figures dating back to 2011, this year’s Ed Burke Million is up 9 percent from the 2011, 15 percent from 2012, and 12 percent from 2013.
In addition, the 2014 Ed Burke Million Futurity had 18 late nominations as of the December 15 payment, but late nominations for the 2015 Ed Burke Million Futurity have nearly doubled to 32 as of the December 15 payment.
“Our late nomination payments increased, but all of our payments have been up consistently throughout each payment period,” said Dominic “Bud” Alessio, the president of the PCQHRA. “The increase has been up anywhere between 7 percent and 10 percent each nomination period.”
To date, payments for the 2015 Ed Burke stand at $425,000 and with the $250,000 in added money, the current monies for the Ed Burke stand at $675,000 with three more payments still to go. PCQHRA expects this year’s Ed Burke Million Futurity to be around the all-time record purse for the race of $1,155,000 set in 2008. The next sustaining payment for the 2015 Ed Burke Million is set for February 15. The Ed Burke Million final is set for Sunday, June 21.
“I am also excited to report that PCQHRA is getting calls on a daily basis from people that used to be in our racing program, but have not participated in a few years, wanting to get back in,” Alessio added. “The reasons they’re telling us that they want to be back in the sport are the new blood and hair testing measures that have been implemented at Los Alamitos. These people had left the sport, but they want to come back because they feel that the playing field has now been leveled. These people are back or are strongly considering coming back. That’s a very exciting development for the Quarter Horse racing industry in California.”
First payment for the 2016 Ed Burke Million is set for Thursday, January 15, 2015. For more information regarding the Ed Burke Million call 714-236-1755.
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