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Saratoga all-sources handle gives back gains, now even with last year
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Though ontrack business picked up some last week – thanks to mostly gorgeous weather and a successful Whitney Day – handle and attendance remain down through the first 16 days of this year’s Saratoga meet compared to 2012, according to figures compiled by Daily Racing Form .
All-sources handle, which had been up 2.8 percent following the first 10 days of the meet, is now flat, or down 0.2 percent compared to last year. A total of $232,737,975 has been wagered at Saratoga compared with $233,343,246 wagered last year.
Ontrack handle is $46,034,119, down 4.5 percent compared to $48,208,876 wagered last year.
Attendance is 310,318, down 3 percent compared to 319,806 last year.
This, despite an excellent Whitney Day business-wise when attendance was 33,148, up 7 percent from 2012, and all-sources handle was $25,558,044, up 2 percent over last year. Sunday, saw a 22-percent increase in attendance and 4-percent increase in all-sources handle over 2012.
Through 16 days, there have been 166 races run, the same as last year. There have been 86 races run on turf and only two taken off the turf at this meet compared to 75 run on turf and 12 taken off through the same time period last year.
There have been 1,394 betting interests this year, compared with 1,413 last year.
Last year at this time, Todd Pletcher held a 16-13 lead over Chad Brown for leading trainer. Through Monday, Pletcher led Brown 16-11.
Last year at this time, Ramon Dominguez had 26 wins en route to setting a single-meet record 68. Joel Rosario leads the standing with 25 wins. Javier Castellano is in second with 22 wins, five more than he had at this point last year.
Clearly the reason for the lower attendance as some were waiting for the Official 150 year Birthday of Saratoga to start in August and the heat of opening weekend was oppressive. Since the kickoff the track, town and area is bustling like I have never seen. Saratoga is one of the most beautiful tracks in the world and there is none more beautiful than she. The quality is better than ever and the racing is fantastic. .
This industry is just not getting the publicity and media hype it desperately needs to recruit new fans to the racetrack and and in turn become customers as bettors. The only race the mainstream public hears about is the Kentucky Derby.
The quality is a bit weaker every year.I guess people are tired of paying the high food prices, parking, ,racingform,program, seats and after all of this you still have to pay to get in.Go a few miles to the harness track and park free get in free the food is half the price bet tracks all over the country and it is air conditioned.Or better yet stay home and bet on line.
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