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Centennial and HBPA Reach Agreement on Purse Outlay AK-SAR-BEN, Omaha, Nebr., June 5. Ivan Thomas, general manager of Centen-ial Race Track, near Denver, Colo., announced here today after conferring with Allen Higgins, vice-president of the Rocky Mountain division of the Horsemens Benevolent and Protective Association, and a committee of eight horsemen, that the purse distribution policy for the approaching Centennial meeting had been settled Continued on Pago Forty -Savon Centennial and HBPA Reach Agreement on Purse Outlay Continued from Page Three amicably between the two organizations. Thomas reported the horsemen have agreed to a daily purse distribution during the 50-day meeting, which opens July 2, of ,500 on thoroughbred races. If the handle exceeds a total of 0,600,000 before the meeting is concluded, Thomas announced that a purse distribution of 47 per cent of the tracks take will go into effect retroactively. It was also agreed by the horsemen, Thomas reported, that at the conclusion of the first.10 days of racing, should the handle be less, comparably to that of last season at the Denver plant, another meeting between the track management and the horsemen will be held to adjust thepurse distribution accordingly. The minimum purse on thoroughbred racing will be ,000, the same as last year. During the 1953 meeting, the average daily handle was 00,000 and average daily purse distribution was ,800. Thomas, who was accompanied here by Harry Eliason, president of the Colorado Breeders Association and who attended the meeting, left for Denver tonight.