10/31/2014 7:56PM

Handle declines on Friday Breeders' Cup races

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Overall handle on the four Breeders’ Cup races held Friday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., was $28.2 million, compared with handle of $34.9 million on five Friday Breeders’ Cup races held at the same track last year, according to charts of the races.

Though the total Friday handle on Breeders’ Cup races was down 19.3 percent, handle was only down 6.6 percent when comparing the four races held Friday with the same four races held on Friday last year, at $28.2 million this year compared with $30.2 million last year. Since the card last year, the Breeders’ Cup has dropped the Marathon from its lineup.

Still, handle was down in nearly every category on a race-by-race basis for the races that remained. Only the Distaff, the anchor leg of the four Breeders’ Cup races on Friday, had higher handle numbers this year than last year, and that was because the field for the Distaff this year had 11 horses, compared with only six horses last year.

Handle on the opening Breeders’ Cup race, the Juvenile Turf, was down 1 percent, according to charts, with a field of 14 this year, compared with 13 last year. Post time for the race was 5:27 p.m. Eastern, or 2:27 p.m. local time.

Handle on the next race, the Dirt Mile, was down 21.2 percent, with a field of nine horses last year, including 3-5 favorite Goldencents, compared with 11 horses last year. Handle on the Juvenile Turf Fillies was down 13.5 percent, with a 14-horse field, compared with a 13-horse field last year.

Attendance was reported by Breeders’ Cup to be 37,205, up 3.8 percent over reported attendance last year. Still, ontrack betting, according to the Breeders’ Cup, was $6.97 million this year for the entire 11-race card, down 3.3 percent compared to ontrack handle on an 11-race card of $7.21 million last year.

Handle on the $1.5 million-guaranteed all-Breeders’ Cup pick four was $2.67 million. Handle on the pick six ending with the Distaff was $1.07 million.

The Breeders’ Cup continues Saturday at Santa Anita, with nine Breeders’ Cup races on a 12-race card.

Dale Obrien More than 1 year ago
Friday - who cares Saturday is what matters !
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
I think people are sick of seeing the same old Arcadian mountains. there needs to be more venues.
cappelletti63 More than 1 year ago
And it's going to keep going down after this years BBC
SHolyoakova More than 1 year ago
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B More than 1 year ago
Of course it would be down. What did anyone expect? Other than 2 races, it was a dismal line up of "championship" races. Those two races were emphatically impressive though. I'd do my tiresome speech on why this needs to be a one day event, but even though they were way down, it's still $28 mill that they wouldn't have gotten.
robert More than 1 year ago
Halloween distractions didn't help the handle. Also, with New York and other tracks increasingly hosting so many multi-stake "big day" race cards with large fields, perhaps that has diluted bettors' focus on this weekend. Personally, I didn't find the races as deep or interesting on Friday as I'd hoped. I skipped the whole card to focus on Sat, which I've NEVER done before.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
Needing a search party to find any TV coverage doesn't help.
Mike Cooper More than 1 year ago
Amen.Horseracing doesn't get it.Look at the abysmal coverage by NBC for Saturday. Rugby and FI Qualifying is more important. Nero is fiddling.
David Smith More than 1 year ago
the program picked all 4 winning breeders cup races..This always worries me about this track..chalk and speed..Hopefully there will be some bigger payoffs today..I'm scarred after yesterdays results..I will skip the first 11 races today and bet heavy into the classic..throwing out california chrome and shared belief to win....
Bob More than 1 year ago
I hope nobody is surprised by this turn of events.....the first four BC races run yesterday had to be among the most boring, uneventful in history and they were being run over the same track where they have run the last three BC events. I didn't even bother to stick around for the Distaff after watching the first three. I mean seriously, a $78 Pick 4 n the Breeder's Cup? You have GOT to be kidding me?
Kyle Brasch More than 1 year ago
I agree with you that the track should be changed and not run over the same track over and over. However I thought some of the races were very exciting. It looked like Tapiture was going to go right on by but then Goldencents was very game to hold him off. We got a $14.20 exacta with two favorites running 1-2 which would have been a $10 tops any other racing day. Yes the big money is not there when chalk wins but that's any racing day. I cleaned up and made a lot of money. I hope you cleaned up also
Brian More than 1 year ago
Really set themselves up for success when scheduling a game on a holiday. Maybe next year they should move the event to Thanksgiving and see how they do!