07/05/2016 10:20AM

Churchill enjoys increase in betting during spring meet


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – All-sources handle on Churchill Downs races this spring was up 3.8 percent over comparable 2015 dates, according to figures released Tuesday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Gross handle from all sources at the meet, which ended Saturday, was $392,200,551, up slightly over the $377.9 million wagered here last spring. The daily average was $10,321,067. Both the 2015 and 2016 meets ran 38 dates.

Purses were increased midway through the meet and wound up averaging $563,094, up 4 percent from last spring. The total purse payout was nearly $21.4 million. In early June, Churchill officials said the purse increase was attributable to a surge in business during the opening six days of the meet, including the 142nd Kentucky Derby and Oaks, when all-sources wagering was a record $266.8 million.

Field size averaged 8.08 horses per race, up from 7.78 last spring. There were 210 claims for more than $4.3 million, resulting in $259,620 in taxes for the state of Kentucky.

On the racetrack, Mark Casse won the training title by sending out 21 winners, two more than Mike Maker. Corey Lanerie (52 wins) was the leading jockey for the 11th time in the past 12 Churchill meets, while Ken and Sarah Ramsey (13 wins) were the leading owners for a record 26th time.

This was the first of three 2016 meets at Churchill. The September meet runs Sept. 16 to Oct. 2 and the fall meet from Oct. 30 to Nov. 27.

Elias Katogiritis More than 1 year ago
Handle would've been way down  if the Churchill criminals didn't hijack the derby p6 carryover money to seed their 20 c jockpot p6,who ever bets money on Churchill owned tracks is helping  a criminal enterprize,Churchill owners should be in jail,
Frank More than 1 year ago
didnt come from me -- I will never make another wager on races that are run on that unfair speed bias dirt track -- closers have no chance there -- if you dont break in the top 3-4 your horse has no chance.

Joke of a surface!

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must not have been paying attention because it wasn't like that at all this meet. I saw a lot if closers win.
Frank More than 1 year ago
First off -- I only bet graded stakes races -- nothing less - HR is too fixed to play regular races.

If you dont believe CD is not speed favoring please show me just ONE graded stakes race on the dirt where a deep closer won -- you cant cause it dont happen anymore there.
Elias Katogiritis More than 1 year ago
FYI All dirt Tracks are speed biased most of the time