08/14/2012 10:02AM

Saratoga: More races mean increase in total handle at meet


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Through the first 22 cards of the meet, through Monday, Saratoga has hosted nine more races - or the equivalent of one twilight Friday card - than it did last year at this time, resulting in a 6.5 percent increase in all-sources handle when compared to 2011.

All-sources handle was $310,065,500, a daily average of $14,093,886, compared with $291,181,532 wagered at this point in the meet in 2011. There have been 228 races run at this meet, compared to 219 run last year.

Ontrack handle totaled $66,113,956, $3,005,180 per day, a 0.8 percent decline from last year’s $66,610,255.

Attendance through the first 22 days was 465,293, averaging 21,150 daily, a 1.9 percent decrease from last year’s total of 474,254.

The average number of betting interests per race this year is 8.3, compared to 8.4 last year. There have been 93 turf races run and 26 taken off, compared to 92 run and 17 taken off in 2011.