10/31/2006 1:00AM

Keeneland has record meet


Keeneland Race Course has released the final figures for the 17-day fall meet that ended Saturday with new records in all-sources mutuel handle and ontrack attendance.

Gross all-sources handle was $140,408,982, easily surpassing the former record of $126 million set at the 2003 fall meet. The average daily handle of $8,259,352 was up 12 percent over what the track handled at its 2005 fall meet.

Attendance totaled 233,218, narrowly surpassing attendance recorded at 17-day fall meets in 2003 (232,499) and 2005 (232,429). The daily average was 13,718.

Per-day purses averaged $632,961, up 3 percent over last year.

Field size at the fall meet averaged just over 10 starters per race, believed to be the highest in track history. Those big numbers are partly attributable to the fact that this was the first Keeneland meet with Polytrack as the main racing surface.

Julien Leparoux was the leading jockey with 30 wins, while Patrick Biancone led all trainers with 11 wins. G. Watts Humphrey and partners led the owner standings with six wins.