The Kentucky Equine Education Project, or KEEP, say larger purses for
the races will attract more horses. They contend other states have
increased purses with expanded gambling. They say, for example,
Kentucky's Turfway Park has an average daily purse of $125,000, but a
Pennsylvania track has average purses four times that amount.
Bottom line, KEEP says owners will take their horses where they have the
best chance of winning more money.
There's another side to this question. The Family Foundation opposes
slots at the tracks. They say slots "...will establish a huge new brand
of gambling that is highly addictive. Purses will go up, but at a huge
cost to everyday Kentuckians."
The Family Foundation supports taxing lottery sales, and using that
money to boost purses.