2019 Stars & Stripes Racing Festival generates record handle
by Pat McKenna
Saturday's 11-race Stars & Stripes Racing Festival card, highlighted by an upset victory by Henley's Joy in the 70th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational, generated all-sources handle of $25,766,176, the highest handle figure since the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) launched the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival in 2014.
One of five graded stakes on the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival program, the Belmont Derby opened the Turf Trinity in NYRA's new Turf Triple series, which offers $5.25 million in purse money for sophomores over three legs at Belmont and Saratoga Race Course.
In the Grade 1, $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational, Concrete Rose posted a 2 3/4-length win in capturing the first leg of the new Turf Tiara in the Turf Triple Series.
In addition to the Belmont Derby and Belmont Oaks, Saturday's card included the Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban, the Grade 2, $300,000 John A. Nerud, formerly the Belmont Sprint Championship, and the Grade 3, $250,000 Dwyer.
With a paid attendance of 15,937, Saturday's on-track handle was $2,720,632.
Stars & Stripes Racing Festival Handle History
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