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Jugette purse correct; conditions were never changed

04:10 AM 24 Sep 2013 NZST
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Richard Young, harness racing
Richard Young "It was a miss understanding and race conditions were never changed"

It was a case of miss understanding and failure to correct existing race conditions.

Richard Young, owner of 2013 Jugette winner, I Luv The Nitelife, now understands that the purses won by I Luv The Nitelife in her two-heat victory last Wednesday are the correct amount, but that the Little Brown Jug Society had failed to change the conditions of the race to reflect those changes that were made two years ago.

“I figured out the intention of the people responsible for the rules and conditions of the Jugette,” Young explained. “The original intent was for a colt or filly to win 2 heats to decide the winner. However, since they didn't know if there would be a third heat , they deducted 20 % of the total purse and set it aside.

“This money set aside would became the purse for the third heat,” Young added, “If however a third heat wasn't required as a horse won in straight heats, the 20 % was given to the winner as a bonus for winning in two heats. This apparently ended in 2011 for the Jugette. No 20% of the purse set aside was required as they knew there would not be a third heat. All the monies were put into the purse money of the two races.

“If one was to compute the difference between winning two heats at 45 % for the winner,” Young explained, “or winning 45% at a lower purse and an additional 20%, the actual difference would be 11 % more.  Although the rules for 2013 state I am entitled to the money, I will not pursue this because I now realize their actual intentions."

By Steve Wolf for

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