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.