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Jul 16, 2018
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Belmont Park spring/summer meet sees 9.1 percent increase in all-sources handle

by Pat McKenna



The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that the Belmont Park spring/summer meet generated all-sources handle of $634,276,776, a 9.1 percent increase over the 2017 Belmont spring/summer meet.

Average daily handle over the 53 days of racing was $11,967,486, an 11.1 percent increase over 2017.

The June 9 Belmont Stakes Day card, highlighted by Justify's Triple Crown triumph, generated all-sources handle of $137,954,895, the second-highest one-day handle in NYRA history behind Belmont Stakes Day in 2014.

All-sources handle for the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival was $168,975,295.

The July 7 Stars & Stripes Racing Festival, comprised of five graded stakes and highlighted by Catholic Boy's thrilling victory over Analyze It in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational, generated all-sources handle of $24,612,465, the highest such handle figure since NYRA launched the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival in 2014.

The entire July 1 card was canceled due to extreme heat. As a result, the 2018 Belmont spring/summer meet saw one fewer day of live-racing than in 2017.

Live thoroughbred racing will return to historic Saratoga Race Course on Friday, July 20 for its premier 40-day summer meet. The 2018 meet includes 69 stakes worth a record $18.85 million in purses, and will run through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays.

2018 Belmont Park spring/summer meet

All-sources handle: $634,276,776                                               

All-sources average daily handle: $11,967,486                        

On-track handle: $79,507,416                                                      

Race days: 53

Races: 501


2017 Belmont Park spring/summer meet

All-sources handle: $581,496,467

All-sources average daily handle: $10,768,453 

On-track handle: $77,960,658

Race days: 54

Races: 507


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