Total Handle Declines Slightly, Attendence Off Just under Four Percent at 2013 Saratoga Race Course Meeting
By Eric Wing | 09/03/2013 11:59 AM ET
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) released handle and attendance figures today for the recently concluded Saratoga Race Course meeting.
All-sources handle, which includes wagers on Saratoga races both on-track and from simulcast outlets nationwide, was $586,685,154, a slight decline of 0.3 percent from $588,351,964 last year. Year-over-year all-sources handle figures dipped into negative territory as a result of the final two days of the meet when wet conditions necessitated that eight scheduled turf races be moved to the main track, which led to several scratches and reduced field sizes in those races.
On-track handle on Saratoga races totaled $147,456,901, off 2.1 percent from $150,637,998 last year.
Attendance for the meet was 867,182, a 3.9 percent decrease from 901,033 in 2012.
During the meet, average betting interests per race were 8.1 (3,383 total over 420 races) compared to 8.4 (3,492 total over 417 races) in 2012. There were 200 turf races and 24 races taken off the turf and moved to the main track in 2013, compared to 197 on and 27 off in 2012.
* Note: Attendance figures for Giveaway Days include patrons who pay multiple admissions to obtain more than one giveaway item, either at the track entrance or at the multiple admissions area inside the track. There were four Giveaway Days during the 2013 Saratoga meeting, and four during the 2012 meet.