06/11/2014 12:24PM

Belmont Stakes handle revised slightly upward


Handle on the Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park was $92.15 million, according to a revised chart released by Equibase, slightly higher than an initial estimate reported by Daily Racing Form just after the first chart was released Saturday night.

The first chart, with figures provided by the New York Racing Association, listed handle on the Belmont Stakes as approximately $74 million, in conflict with separate figures available through live feeds of mutuel-pool data. DRF used the mutuel-pool data and a total-handle figure supplied by NYRA for the entire Saturday card to estimate Belmont Stakes handle at $90.3 million.

The mutuel-pool figures on the chart were amended Sunday. The total-handle figure includes all straight and exotic wagers made on the Belmont Stakes, along with the mutuel-pool data for all multirace wagers ending with the Belmont Stakes.

The revised figure is up 35.5 percent from the previous Belmont Stakes record of $68 million set in 2004, and it is 75.1 percent higher than betting on the race in 2013, when a Triple Crown was not on the line.