More purse cuts at Santa Anita possible

Santa Anita, which already cut overnight purses about 10 percent before the start of its 84-day winter-spring meet, is considering a second cut, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not have authorization to speak on the subject, said track officials are in the process of deciding if they will cut purses or use part of the surplus in the purse fund to help combat what so far is about a 14-percent decline in all-sources handle through the first 14 days of the meet.

Del Mar cut purses once during its summer meet and Hollywood Park was forced to cut overnight purses three times during its autumn meet that concluded on Dec. 21.

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