Victorian racehorse trainers want a level playing field with their NSW counterparts, fearing they will lose owners across the border unless there is an increase in prize money.On October 1, races in the Sydney metropolitan area were increased to $100,000 which is $20,000 more than the average Saturday race in Melbourne.Robbie Griffiths, president of the Victorian arm of the Australian Trainers Association has asked Racing Victoria to look at its finances to see whether extra money can be found.He said the ATA, along with the Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Association, the Victorian Jockeys Association and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria wanted prize money increases to stop the potential loss of horses to NSW.Were all singing the same song and we want equal prize money with Sydney so theres no point of difference where owners and buyers could want to head to Sydney, Griffiths told RSN927.Griffiths said the ATA had outlined its concerns at a meeting with RV on October 4.Theres a lot of breeders in Sydney, especially around the Hunter Valley, and when it comes time to allocate their yearlings that they retain there could be a deciding factor which way they go, Griffiths said.Whether that eventuates, were not sure, but we dont want to take that risk.We think the ownership group should be choosing a trainer on choice, not letting prize money determine which direction they head.Griffiths said leading trainers Mick Price and Troy Corstens had lost business interstate as a result of the prize money difference.We want to know an answer ASAP because the yearling sales are just around the corner, Griffiths said.Horses might kick off their careers at the age of two or three but the purchasing is done from the first week of January onwards.Everyone needs to know what theyre doing so they can move forward with some sort of certainty. 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Beltrans offence bolstered a second straight spot start for reliever-turned-starter Joe Kelly (1-3), who won his first game of the season. "I just attacked with everything -- slider, curve ball, change-up, four-seam, two-seam (fastball)," Kelly said. "When you throw a couple of those for strikes, you make it easier on yourself. If youre throwing some off-speed and command both sides of the plate with the heater, it makes for a little better time out there." It was the second straight start for Kelly, who had a no-decision against Miami last Saturday. Hes unsure if hell get another start soon or will head back to the bullpen. "I dont look too far ahead about anything," said Kelly, who allowed three hits and a run in 5 1-3 innings, struck out four and walked two. "I go out there and when they tell me to pitch, I pitch. Thats whats good about being versatile, and Im just still happy to be here." Edward Mujica pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 27 opportunities. 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