08/11/2013 11:49AM

Saratoga: Ontrack handle down slightly at meet's halfway point


All-sources handle was basically flat, while ontrack business was down slightly, through the first half of the 2013 Saratoga meet when compared with the first half of the 2012 meet, according to figures released Sunday by the New York Racing Association.

All-sources handle on Saratoga’s races was $286,598,192, up 0.5 percent from $285,295,757 last year. All-sources handle was actually down before Saturday’s card, which, blessed by fantastic weather and the presence of Horse of the Year Wise Dan, attracted $20,513,644 in handle, compared with $18,930,849 on the corresponding day last year. Saturday’s card was the halfway point of the meet.

Ontrack handle for the first half of the meet totaled $68,809,989, off 2.9 percent from $70,892,924 last year.

Attendance for the first half of the meet was 388,607, a 2.2 percent decrease from 397,330 in 2012. While the first few days of the meet were affected by oppressively hot weather, the last 2 1/2 weeks have seen mostly good weather, with the exception of Friday’s card.

Through the first 20 racing days, the average number of betting interests per race was 8.2 (1,689 total over 207 races), compared with 8.3 (1,724 total over 207 races) in 2012. There have been 100 turf races and eight races taken off the turf and moved to the main track, compared with 85 on and 21 off in 2012, according to NYRA figures.

STEPHEN More than 1 year ago
STEVE The NYRA has done little to attract good horses from other tracks. I spent the first two weeks looking for horses from the West Coast, Florida, and Chicago. This was always the premier meet in the country. I question its status at this point. Also, not many N.Y. breds are successful outside of N.Y. Maybe, they should be asked to compete outside of N.Y. and compete for some title.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Maybe the worst meet in years.N.Y. breds up the kazoo.5 horse stake races in the middle of the p4.The fans are tired of the high takeouts, high prices and no where to sit.Why is Del MAR getting half million $ p4 and 5 pools and as high as a mill.Pick 6 pools as high as the sky.Guess the real horse players are on the west coast, or at home on the east sending it in online.Maybe someday a track will show a break down where the betting is coming from.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Very Concerning - because they have really pushed the 150th Anniversary Angle to no avail.
charles b More than 1 year ago
AS a bettor, I have not like the cards.