06/09/2012 9:14PM

2012 Belmont Stakes: Handle rises dramatically over last year


Business figures for this year’s Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park posted across-the-board gains compared to last year’s Belmont, according to figures distributed late Saturday by Belmont’s operator, the New York Racing Association.

The robust gains were altogether surprising given the circumstances surrounding this year’s race. I’ll Have Another, who was going for the Triple Crown, scratched out of the race on Friday, leading to speculation that business figures would be depressed.

Instead, 85,811 people showed up to Belmont, a 53.8 percent gain over the crowd last year and the largest crowd to attend the Belmont in a race in which a Triple Crown was not on the line. Including numbers from Aqueduct, ontrack handle was $13.8 million, the second-highest ontrack handle for the Belmont Stakes, behind only the 2004 figure of $14.7 million. The ontrack figure was up 36.4 percent compared to the same figure last year.

According to the chart of the race, handle on the Belmont Stakes itself was $56.1 million, a gain of 13.1 percent over the amount of money bet on the race last year, when handle was $49.6 million.

All-sources handle on the 13-race card was $96.6 million, according to NYRA, an 18.8 percent gain over handle on the 13-race Belmont Stakes card last year. This year, 126 horses ran in the 13 races, compared to 125 horses last year.
Handle on the late pick four was a record $2,856,185, up 21.4 percent over record pick four handle last year, NYRA said. The pick six pool of $1,682,176, however, was down 12.5 percent compared to the pick six pool last year, which had a one-day carryover of $144,003.

Riddle This More than 1 year ago
The handle would have been even better if NYRA had half a clue how to operate it's on-line betting site nyrarewards......from the third race on the site was unresponsive.....if you could get in....I was unable to get in for two hours.....it was painfully slow and kept shutting down.....one can only imagine had IHA ran.....biggest day of the year and once again NYRA has not a clue.....
bornstar75 More than 1 year ago
Same here. It was absolutely disgusting. I spent at least half my time trying to use their mobile and online version, they were not prepared for the volume. If I'll have another would have run it would have been a complete disaster. Thank goodness their phone services were ok at least for me.
mikey More than 1 year ago
I wonder how long it will take for any of these common horse's to win another grade 1 again.This is a slow group of horse's .Secretariat must be turning over in his grave.He would beat these guy's by 50=60 lenth's.or more.I'' have another beat nothing, just what was there.
Gee More than 1 year ago
Sofia Carey More than 1 year ago
Oh 32 lengths only, well that's not so bad then. LOL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haters will hate regardless of how good it is for the sport.
John Flynn More than 1 year ago
Some of the Attendees Do Not Read Newspapers, Watch Televison, Listen to the Radio or Have Internet Access. Therfore, did not know IHA was Scratched. Some of the Attendees Paid Top Dollar for Their Ticket & Went in Spite of The Marquee Name Race Hose Being Withdrawn.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Sometimes even a blind squirrel can find a nut...
Keith Strouhal More than 1 year ago
what if ?
chuck More than 1 year ago
So the NYRA has a good day in spite of themselves.