11/01/2005 12:00AM

Keeneland business flat


Handle was down marginally while attendance nearly set a record at the 17-day fall meet that ended Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

All-sources wagering grossed more than $124.9 million, down less than 1 percent from last fall, when nearly $125.8 million was bet at a 17-day meet. The per-day average handle was $7,348,363.

Ontrack handle, including imported simulcasts, grossed more than $26.7 million, for an average of $1,517,313, which was down 2.5 percent from last year.

Total ontrack attendance of 232,429 barely fell short of the fall record of 232,499, set two years ago. The average of 13,672 was up 2 percent from last year.

On the racetrack, Rafael Bejarano easily won his second Keeneland riding title with 30 wins, 14 more than Robby Albarado. Nick Zito was the track's leading trainer for the fourth time in his career with nine wins, one more than Steve Asmussen. Will Farish was the leading owner with five wins.