11/12/2014 1:45PM

Breeders' Cup wagering up 1.1 percent at $135.5 million

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Total betting on the 13 Breeders’ Cup races held at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 was $135.5 million, the Breeders’ Cup said Wednesday after adding in the money wagered on the races from international locations.

The Breeders’ Cup said the total, which includes separate-pool wagers, was up 1.1 percent compared with total handle on the same 13 races held on the two days of the event last year. The Breeders’ Cup dropped a race, the Marathon, from its lineup this year. Handle on the Marathon was $4.8 million last year.

Total handle on the two cards this year was $159.1 million, the Breeders’ Cup said, down 2.7 percent from last year. The total was the fourth-highest in the history of the Breeders’ Cup, which went to a two-day event in 2007.

A total of 159 horses started in the 13 races this year, the second-most starters in the event’s history, for an average of 12.2 horses per race. The record for starters was set in 2012, when 173 horses started in 15 races at Churchill Downs.

Frank More than 1 year ago
Nobody likes CA racing except people who live in CA -- Please move the BC away from CA for good!
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
The CPI (Consumer Price Index) was up 1.7 % year over year so in comparison 1.1 % indicates that wagering is NOT in this one example keeping pace with the overall economy.
lserpFL More than 1 year ago
Breeders' Cup was never meant to be on the California circuit year after year & not spread over 2 days. Its sad for race fans around the country not to see this event in their areas.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
the belmont stake and met mile day had $150 million. its purses were much smaller than the breeders cup also (7 to 17 million). thre wasnt any bad after taste like the breeders cup had. the breeders cup committee and stronach are hiding . which means they have no problem with half the classic field being eliminated at the start. are the stewards or garcia going to pay for moreno's ankle surgery ? the classic is now a farce. the friday races should be run on the previous saturday. racing across the nation is boring the two weeks before and after the cup. fridays dont bring in a lot of money. just look at the kentucky oaks and black eyed susan handles.