- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Prize money for harness racing at the Illinois State Fair is down considerably as the state budget impasse continues.

The Springfield Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1Jhlf9Q ) reports that nearly $1.2 million from a state Department of Agriculture breeders’ fund isn’t available for horse owners competing not only in Springfield but also at the Du Quoin State Fair and county fair races.

Purses in Springfield this year range from $5,000 to $10,600. Last year, Illinois State Fair purses ranged from $30,000 to $52,000.

Track announcer and horse owner Ed Teefey says the fair purses are at their lowest in more than 60 years.

The Illinois State Fair and the Du Quoin State Fair both cut one day from their harness racing calendars this year. The four-day card in Springfield began Friday.

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