08/06/2012 7:52PM

Saratoga: All-sources handle up; ontrack even


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - All-sources handle is up while ontrack business is flat through the first 16 days of the Saratoga meet compared with last year at this time.

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All-sources handle, which includes wagers placed on-track from simulcast outlets, is $233,380,247, a daily average of $14,586,265, up 7.6 percent from 2011.

Ontrack handle totaled $48,208,874, an average of $3,013,055, up 0.7 percent from what was wagered last year.

Attendance through the first 16 days of the meet is 319,806, an average of 19,988 that is a 1.9 percent decrease from 2011.

Saratoga has conducted six more races (166 to 160) this year than it did during the first 16 days in 2011. The average betting interests per race is 8.5 compared with 8.6 in 2011.

There have been 73 turf races run and 13 taken off the turf at this meet compared with 65 turf races run and 12 taken off in 2011.