11/17/2015 3:35PM

Keeneland: Breeders' Cup weekend handle down slightly from last year.


All-sources wagering at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 30-31, when 13 Breeders’ Cup races were held at the track over two days, was $155.5 million, a slight decline from all-sources wagering at Santa Anita over the two-day event last year, according to final handle figures distributed by Breeders’ Cup on Tuesday.

The 2015 Keeneland figure, which includes all separate-pool betting on the two cards, was down 2.4 percent compared with the 2014 Santa Anita figure of $159.4 million for the same number of races over the two days of the Breeders’ Cup event. This year’s Breeders’ Cup races had an average field size of 12.4, compared with 12.2 last year.

Breeders’ Cup had previously released handle figures for the two cards this year at Keeneland, but those figures did not include separate-pool betting, which is conducted in a handful of foreign countries. Separate-pool handle amounted to approximately $5 million.

Breeders’ Cup said that some of the decline in betting could be attributed to losing Hong Kong as a foreign wagering jurisdiction this year.


Keith Valentine More than 1 year ago
Saturday fell on Halloween...hmmm anyone with a calandar could see that. Why schedule it on Halloween regardless of where it's at. You missed out on all the 21-35 yr olds that party Friday and Saturday. Not to mention moms and DADS getting junior ready for the night. This BC AP running should of crushed all records.
Steven Jezyk More than 1 year ago
The early post times especially for the West Coast players had to hurt plus the fact Saturday fell on Halloween. A/P bailed me out at the end, but form held and it was an amazing two days.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
They need to bring the BC back to Santa Anita. That is where the money is and where they know how to put on a show. Even with the dirt track Keeneland just isn't Santa Anita.
Dahorsecapper More than 1 year ago
They need to have at Belmont and or Churchill.