After sixteen years away from the spotlight, the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship is being fired up once again. More commonly known as the MATCH Series, this event will span throughout the summer starting on Preakness weekend at Pimlico and offer a total purse of $2.9 million with $450,000 up for grabs in bonuses.
The MATCH Series will be contested in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and feature five distinct categories including:
- 3+ Year Olds Long (Dirt)
- 3+ Year Olds Sprint (Dirt)
- 3+ Year Olds Turf Spring
- 3+ Year Fillies & Mares Turf Sprint
- 3+ Year Fillies & Mares Dirt Sprint
Incentives for owners will include kick backs of $20,000 for 1st, $15,000 for 2nd and $10,000 for 3rd. Trainers will also earn bonus rewards in the MATCH Series including $15,000 for 1st, $10,000 for 2nd and $5,000 for 3rd. The overall winning owner will receive $50,000 and the overall winning trainer will earn an additional $25,000.
“I am delighted that the series is returning,” said MATCH series creator and Thoroughbred Horse Racing Association chairman Alan Foreman. “The Mid-Atlantic region has been working cooperatively on so many levels during the past five years, and the renewal of MATCH is a further testament to this cooperation. I am pleased that we are able to tell the horsemen who have asked about MATCH so many times over recent years that it is back, and we are looking forward to a great competition.”
Further information about this exciting development regarding the MATCH Series will be released very soon through their own website. The first leg will be at Pimlico in the form of the Skipat Stakes, Jim McKay Turf Sprint, The Very One Stakes and the Maryland Sprint Stakes which are all on the undercard for the Preakness Stakes.
The sudden re-emergence of the MATCH Series is an obvious sign that new life is being breathed in to the sport of Thoroughbred racing. Stay tuned for more information on the summer schedule starting with the second leg of the Triple Crown.