12/01/2015 8:52AM

Churchill Downs reports increase in handle for fall meet

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Business was up substantially at the 21-day Churchill Downs fall meet that ended Sunday, according to figures released by the track.

Churchill reported that gross all-sources handle of $104.6 million was up 10 percent over comparable figures from the 2014 fall meet despite the track having run three fewer dates this fall. Daily all-sources handle averaged $4,982,238, up nearly 26 percent.

In a media release, officials attributed the increase to “large and competitive fields, a strong stakes program and favorable weather.” Field size averaged 9.4 horses per race compared to 8.56 last fall.

Purses also were up dramatically. The gross payout was nearly $9.9 million, with a per-race average (223 races) of $44,315, up nearly 29 percent over last fall, when 250 races were run. Churchill Downs did not report ontrack handle for the meet.

Churchill reported that average daily attendance of 4,928 was up nearly 4 percent from last year.

It is unusual for tracks owned by Churchill Downs Inc. to make meet handle figures public. Churchill provided no reason why it released figures for this meet.

On the racetrack, Corey Lanerie (33 wins) was the leading jockey for the 10th time in the last 11 Churchill meets; Ken and Sarah Ramsey (9 wins) extended their own record for most owner titles at Churchill to 25; and Steve Asmussen (13 wins) was leading trainer for a record 17th time.

Eleanor Sniegowski More than 1 year ago
This meet just ended was better betting wise than the keeneland fall meet and thats usually never the case.We like those 12 horse fields .
Erik More than 1 year ago
Having TVG showing the races for the first time in ages probably played the biggest role in the increase handle. Regardless of what you think of TVG, they have the ability to distribute a racing signal to more homes around the country than any other network.
James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
LIKE TO MENTION RIPPLE EFFECT, I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MANY HORSES FROM INDIANA DOWNS, THEY WERE GOOD HORSES!
James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
HEY PEOPLE ACTUALLY CAN WIN ON THEIR WAGERS WITH ALL THE AFFOREMENTIONED OCCURING!!