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Total Handle Up, On-Track Handle Down at Belmont Park Spring/Summer Meet

By Eric Wing | 07/21/2013 10:08 AM ET

Total, year-over-year handle increased at the 2013 Belmont Park spring/summer meet which ran 56 days from April 26 through July 14, according to The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA). All-sources handle on NYRA races was $573 million, up 1.2 percent from $566 million in 2012, and total handle, including simulcast races, was $643 million, up 1.1 percent from $636 million last year.

On-track handle* on NYRA races was $78 million, down 10.4 percent from $88 million in 2012.

Attendance at Belmont Park decreased 14.1 percent to 282,488 from 328,915 in 2012, when the expectation of a Triple Crown bid by I’ll Have Another helped attract a crowd of 85,811 to the Belmont Stakes. Attendance at this year’s Belmont Stakes was 47,562. (On-track handle for the 2013 Belmont Stakes Day card was $10,700,326 and total handle was $88,652,023, compared to $13,777,920 and $96,485,985, respectively, last year.)

There were 542 races run this year compared to 525 in 2012, when a full race card was canceled on June 21 due to heat and when five races were canceled on June 22 because of a storm and loss of power at Belmont Park. Average betting interests per race decreased 6 percent to 7.7 (4,189 total) compared to 8.2 (4,312 total) in 2012. Turf races increased to 234 with 48 taken off the turf, compared to 225 on and 59 off in 2012.

Aqueduct Racetrack and the Belmont Café will be open for simulcasting every day for the Saratoga Race Course meet which runs from Friday, July 19 through Labor Day, Monday, September 2 with live racing six days a week, Wednesday through Monday.

Below are the exact totals for the 2013 Belmont Park spring/summer meeting as compared to last year:

Racing Days
56 in 2013, 55 in 2012

Belmont Park Attendance
Down 14.1 percent (282,488 vs. 328,915)

Aqueduct Simulcast Center Attendance
Up 4.2 percent (126,974 vs. 121,820)

On-Track Handle* (including simulcast races)
Down 5.6 percent ($148,438,004 vs. $157,259,553)

On-Track Handle* (just NYRA races)
Down 10.4 percent ($78,472,865 vs. $87,660,853)

Total Handle (including simulcast races)
Up 1.1 percent ($643,120,556 vs. $636,065,934)

Total Handle (just NYRA races)
Up 1.2 percent ($573,149,866 vs. $566,467,233)

NYRA Rewards Wagering
Phone down 5.6 percent ($15,007,849 vs. $15,903,961)
Internet up 6.2 percent ($29,633,033 vs. $27,892,104)

Aqueduct Wagering
Up 2.3 percent ($37,385,576 vs. $36,541,127)

* Please note that NYRA on-track wagering numbers include handle wagered on-track at Belmont Park, through NYRA Rewards account wagering, and at the Aqueduct simulcast center.