07/30/2013 10:09AM

Saratoga all-sources handle rebounds during second week


All-sources handle is up while ontrack business is down through the first quarter of the Saratoga meet, according to figures compiled by Daily Racing Form .

Through the first 10 days of the 40-day meet, all-sources handle is $146,904,102, up 2.8 percent compared to the 2012 figure of $142,857,233.

Ontrack handle is $27,320,792, down 5.6 percent from the $28,941,361 wagered over the corresponding 10 days in 2012.

Total attendance through the first 10 days is 193,235, down 5.1 percent from the 203,780 who came through the turnstiles in 2012.

The handle figures represent turnarounds from the first four days of the meet when ontrack handle was down 11.1 percent and all-sources handle was down 4.5 percent.

After hot, humid weather impacted the first four days of the meet, the weather improved significantly during the second week. Thus far, Saratoga has run 51 turf races and had to take only two off the turf. Last year, to this point, there were 47 turf races run and seven were transferred to the main track. There have been 103 races run to date this year, one more than last year at this time. Total betting interests through the first 10 days were 907, compared to 889 in 2012.