Mount Pleasant Meadows releases first 2011 condition book

The groundwork for Mount Pleasant Meadows’ upcoming meet was revealed Wednesday when the track released its first condition book.

Aside from laying out the conditions from Mount Pleasant’s opening day on July 23 to Aug. 24, the document provides an interesting preview of what to expect during what will be an unprecedented meet.

Thoroughbred races will make up the bulk of the cards. The claiming ranks will range from $2,500 to $8,000, along with allowance and starter allowance contests. No stakes races are listed for any breed.

Mount Pleasant’s Thoroughbred purse structure will be regionally competitive, and even better than some tracks in surrounding states. For example, here is how Mount Pleasant will stack up against other regional tracks running at the same time at the open maiden special weight class…

Presque Isle Downs* – $39,000 (Plus up to 30% PA-Bred bonus)
Hoosier Park* – $35,000 (Plus 40% State-bred Supplement)
Arlington Park – $28,000 (Plus $10,080 Illinois Registered Owner Award for ICF)
Mountaineer* – $17,600
Mount Pleasant Meadows – $10,000 (Plus $2,080 for T.A.F)
Thistledown – $7,200 (Plus $5,000 if winner is OH-bred)
River Downs – $6,400 (Plus $5,000 if winner is OH-bred)
Fairmount Park –  $5,600 (Plus $2,016 Illinois Registered Owner Award)

(Purse information gathered from condition books or entries available on Equibase or track websites)
*Tracks with expanded gaming or “Racinos”. 

The meet’s first half will be heavy on sprint races. A vast majority of the Thoroughbred races written in the first book are carded between two and six furlongs, with races at a mile or longer dispensed sparingly. However, because of the track’s four-furlong oval setup, featuring a six-furlong chute, any race contested at four furlongs or longer will include at least two turns.

Quarter Horse, Paint Horse and Arabian races will fill out the remainder of the cards. Purses appear consistent across the breeds and classes, with a base of $3,000 plus up to an additional $2,333 from other sources.

The track, and Michigan’s racing industry, still await a final endorsement by the Michigan Gaming Control Board before the meet is set in stone. Until then, the track continues to prepare for the live meet as scheduled.

If all goes to plan, Mount Pleasant Meadows is expected to race Saturdays and Sundays from July 23 to Oct. 30. A few three-day weeks are being planned for the second half of the meet to make up for the dates lost to the Isabella County Fair in early August.

To download the condition book, click here.

UPDATE: There have been some tweaks made to the condition book to account for actions taken by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The above version is no longer current. For an updated version of Mount Pleasant’s condition book, please contact the track or the Michigan HBPA.

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5 responses to “Mount Pleasant Meadows releases first 2011 condition book

  1. ragman

    Non-starters in 2010 & 2011? They should have trifecta betting on the
    last three finishers.

  2. mibredclaimer

    First-time starters would fit that condition, wouldn’t they? If it filled, it would be an interesting mix of horses, that’s for sure.

  3. If you only knew who wrote the condition book?

    To my knowledge there is no racing secretary for the T.B.s

  4. mibredclaimer

    The racing secretary is doing the best he can with what little information he has been given on who plans to enter the gates. With so many people shipping in, or otherwise noncommittal on what they’ll bring, it’s hard to write up conditions when you don’t know who is showing up and when.

    There are some…interesting…choices for race conditions, but if they fill and the others don’t then that’s the point of the game. There’s only one way to find out.

  5. rox

    If they don’t run here, they don’t run, and will probably never get the chance to again. Should they all walk away and let it be? Maybe. It’s hard to give up this life, and moving is not always an option. Rather odd conditions, yes, but you have to start some-where. And the purses are better than a lot of places, but availability of stall, riders, and track conditions will pose a problem. Should be interesting.

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