01/03/2013 5:20PM

Harness Racing: USTA releases wagering and purse totals for 2012


According to statistics released on Thursday by the United States Trotting Association, total handle on U.S. harness racing in 2012 was $1,465,008,667 (includes commingled wagering from both the U.S. and Canada on U.S. tracks’ live racing) for 4,004 race days, an average of $365,886 per race day.

In 2012, there were a total of 46,771 races that awarded purse money.  Of those, 40,501 races were of the pari-mutuel wagering variety and had an average handle of $36,172 per race.  The 6,270 races that didn’t accept wagering were comprised of non-wagering county fair races as well as pari-mutuel races contested for purse only.

During the year, purses distributed on the 46,771 total races was $405,567,739, for an average of $8,761 per race, while the average purse for each of the 40,501 pari-mutuel races was $9,260.

(edited release-USTA)


EJXD2 More than 1 year ago
No comparisons to last year?
Derick More than 1 year ago
I believe this is the first year they revealed the figures.
Mike Eves More than 1 year ago