04/25/2014 7:58PM

Keeneland handle down despite record attendance

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LEXINGTON - Average all-sources handle during the 15-day Keeneland spring meet dropped 7 percent compared to last year despite record attendance and a sharp uptick in ontrack wagering, according to figures released on Friday after the last card of the meet.

Average all-sources handle was $9.20 million, well below last year’s average all-sources handle figure of $9.92 million, according to the figures. Average ontrack handle, however, was up 6.9 percent to $1.26 million.

The ontrack handle figure was helped by record attendance at the track. Average attendance was 18,003, Keeneland said, beating the record set in the 2012 spring meet. Total attendance was higher in the 2013 spring meet, but that meet had 16 days.

The average was boosted by attendance of 39,722 on Blue Grass Stakes Day and attendance of 34,933 one week later, both Saturdays.

Julien Leparoux took the rider’s title with 19 wins, but the more remarkable number may have been set by Stewart Elliott, who won 15 races, including three on closing day, during his first time riding full-time at the track. The trainers’ title was won by Mark Casse, who had 11 wins.

JoeyB More than 1 year ago
When will the racing industry realize that their sport is dying. Meets are to long, fields at most tracks too short and all these exotic betting options are beating down the players. There is just not enough money to go around in the simulcast outlets to sustain a industry that is losing players as most of the old time horse players are dying off. I work with about 35 people all under the age of forty and only two plus myself have ever bet on a horse race. Not a good stat for a industry that need to survive.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
It's all about consistency with the bettors! When jocks like Julian Leparoux keep switching tracks and trainers we big bettors take a more conservative approach to betting! When top trainer/jockey combos stop producing we stop betting. It may just be entertainment for the majority of those at the track live but the majority of simulcast bettors want consistency. Injuries also plague consistency. And then we hear about doping issues, injuries, etc. Big bettors are not fools. We do our research and we send it in when we feel that everything is consistently in our favor. I've got to give a thumbs up to Javier Castellano. He's on top with us big bettors... - RAMMER
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Where I'd like to believe some of it's the poly but the truth is, It's the economy and the fact that a lot of people have lost money on personal investments and very cautious as to whether they can get back to where they once were.
tim blake More than 1 year ago
thanks for your dishonesty. casinos are booming. poker is booming. horse racing, however, is rapidly declining because the sporting aspect has been almost completely eliminated; and as a form of gambling, horse racing has become a very bad investment compared to poker or casino gambling. I used to have a dozen friends I could talk to about the races and probably count on to be wagering on most Saturdays. now I have zero. and they have all lost interest in the last 2-3 years. but they still have money.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
My dishonesty? While some of your points are valid your "friends" who have maybe $50 figure to sit down a while for the bang for their buck in a mindless game of hold-em, I wouldn't consider them to have money invested anywhere. As far as "my" dishonesty which the way you put it would mean that I intentionally lied could only be said by someone who doesn't know me and could only be said by someone most would be considered a moron.
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
watch the jump next meet ,from carpet scraps to real dirt,FINALLY
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Not possible. Betting wont increase because any pluses made by dirt bettors gets negated when full field turf races become 5 horse slop splashes
Brian Wolniewicz More than 1 year ago
who won the owners title, dont think it was the ramseys cause every time i watched one of their horses it usually got snapped at the wire.
GQ More than 1 year ago
BLAME POLYTRACK.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
The last half dozen years it had increased each of those years. Also polytrack's fault?
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
More people going to the races...... ..... must be polytrack's fault as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The big guys know that the real track will be back in October. They'll just wait.
JoeyB More than 1 year ago
I never bet tracks that have a polytrack surface. At Keenland I bet only turf races. I never bet Turfway or Woodbine. And when the Sou.Cal Tracks had the "rubber" surfaces I never bet them. Goodbye polytracks it's good to see you go!!!
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Stewart!!!!!!!!!
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Nice meet for Elliott! Twelve of those winners were double-digit winners! Including a $55 winner. Another seven at odds of 5'1 or greater ran second. Ca-ching.....