The MATCH series returns from April 16 to October 1. 3

MARCH 22, 2022 – The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series (MATCH), the only one of its kind in racing, returns for a ninth season with a $2.2 million wagering schedule that runs from April 16 through October 3 and over $400,000 in bonus money for owners, trainers and breeders.

The Series, a competition between horses in four (4) divisions, is designed to identify the best horses, their owners and trainers, in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Series, which has had to adapt to the complications caused by the pandemic, will be played this year in Laurel Park, Hollywood at Penn Gaming, Colonial Downs and Parx. Parx will host Championship Day this year.

Grass racing is also back on the calendar this year. The four divisions are 3 Year Old and Up Sprint-Dirt; Filly and Mare Sprint–Land; Children 3 years and older – Lawn; and Filly and Mare Long–Turf. There will be five bets on each division for a total of 20.

“MATCH is very popular with jockeys in the Mid-Atlantic and we are grateful for the jockey organizations and tracks that continue to support and promote the Series,” said Alan Foreman, creator of MATCH and president of the Thoroughbred Jockeys Association.

“The betting program at Parx in recent years has grown in monetary value, stature and interest, and we continue to look for opportunities to create days of events for our sponsors at the track and our growing simulcast audience,” said Joe Wilson, Director of operations. by Parx Racing. “Hosting MATCH Series Championship Day on a Monday afternoon this year fits with those goals.”

“We are very excited to be participating this year and hosting Championship Day,” said Sal DeBunda, president of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

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Colonial, an original MATCH partner when the Series launched in 1997, was scheduled to return in 2020. In 2021, the track and the Virginia Jockeys Benevolent and Protective Association joined Maryland for an all-dirty Series.

“Colonial Downs is honored to host four MATCH Series stakes worth a total of $600,000 for 2022,” said Jill Byrne, Vice President of Racing Operations for Colonial. “The value of these races was certainly recognized again last season with top multiple stakes winners like Cordmaker and Just Might delivering popular wins here in Virginia.

The bonus money distribution for 2022 offers up to $92,500 per division and $30,000 for the overall points champion. For each division, first place pays $30,000 to the owner and $15,000 to the trainer; for the second, $20,000/$10,000; and for the third, $10,000/$7,500. For the overall champion, the owner receives an additional $20,000 and the trainer an additional $10,000.

The 2021 champion was Hillwood Stable’s Cordmaker, who competed in all six stages of the series. The gelding won three MATCH bets, racked up 49 points and earned $60,000 for his connections in bonus funds.

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association and the Virginia Thoroughbred Association have agreed to offer $5,000 bonuses to breeders of the top Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia-bred males and females in the overall standings. for a potential total of $30,000.

Participating organizations for 2022 are Thoroughbred Jockeys Association, THA of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Jockeys Benevolent and Protective Association, Parx Racing, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association, 1/ST Racing, Maryland THA, Laurel Park, Maryland Association Horse Breeders, Colonial Downs, Virginia HBPA, and Virginia Thoroughbred Association.

The MATCH series originally debuted in 1997 and ran for five years. It returned to great acclaim in 2018 and will run in 2019 and 2021. The groundbreaking regional racing series, the only one of its kind in horse racing, combines high stakes and bonuses for participating owners and trainers who compete in a range from five to five. period of seven months. Horses competing in MATCH earn points based on participation and order of finish in each series race, and the top point earners in each of the series divisions, as well as the owner and trainer of the overall leader of points, they earn lucrative bonuses.

For more information, contact Alan Foreman at 410-336-0525; David Richardson at 410-984-2770; or Tom LaMarra at 859-492-8365

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