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Total Handle, On-Track Handle Show Robust Gains at Recently Concluded 2013 Belmont Park Fall Meeting

By Eric Wing | 11/09/2013 01:07 PM ET
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Attendance Also Posts Solid Gain Compared to 2012

Five-year highs in both all-sources and on-track handle were among the highlights of handle and attendance figures released today by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) for the recently concluded Belmont Park fall meeting.

All-sources handle, which includes wagers on Belmont Park races both on-track and from simulcast outlets nationwide, was $326,878,686 - the highest of the past five years. The figure represents an increase of 9.8 percent from $297,670,005 last year and a jump of 24.3 percent from $263,037,788 in 2011.

On-track handle on Belmont fall meeting races was $47,238,016 - also the highest of the past five years. The total was up 11.1 percent from $42,499,742 last year and 13.4 percent over the $41,656,097 wagered on-track in 2011.

The 2013 Belmont Park fall meeting was comprised of 37 race days - one more than in 2012 and 2011 when inclement weather forced the cancellation of one race day each year.

Attendance for the meet was 126,469, a 10.7 percent increase from 114,294 in 2012.

"Anchored by Super Saturday and Empire Showcase Day, the Belmont fall meet was a solid success," said Chris Kay, CEO and President of The New York Racing Association, Inc. "By continuing to focus on enhancing the experience of guests - both on and off track - and improving the quality of racing, we will give our fans every reason to play our races more frequently, come out to the track more often, and enjoy themselves even more when they do come out. We also wish to thank the New York State Gaming Commission for allowing us to introduce at the Belmont fall meet the reduced-takeout Pick 5 wager, which is very popular with our players."

The meet's impressive handle results were achieved despite average betting interests per race dipping slightly to 8.4 (3,016 total over 361 races) compared to 8.5 (2,917 total over 344 races) in 2012.  There were 191 turf races with seven races taken off the turf and moved to the main track in 2013, compared to 140 on and 40 off in 2012.

Belmont Fall meet handle 2009-2013:

On-track handle
2013                2012                2011                2010                2009
$47,238,016    $42,499,742    $41,656,097    $28,656,204    $23,790,597

Total handle
2013                  2012              2011                2010                2009
$326,878,686  $297,670,005  $263,037,788  $292,978,274  $263,376,581

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