Attendance, Handle at Saratoga Opener Can’t Beat the Heat
Attendance and handle for the Friday opener at Saratoga Race Course were down from last year, largely due to the heat, according to a Daily Racing Form report.
On-track handle was $3,338,203, down 18 percent from last year. All-sources handle decreased 7 percent from $16,690,234 to $15,591,240. Attendance was down from 25,676 to 21,935.
The temperature hovered in the mid-90s during the day, with a heat index close to 100.
The crowd that braved the heat saw an excellent day of racing as jockey John Velazquez notched three wins on his way to beating Jerry Bailey's record for most wins during the meet. Additionally, the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes finished with a thrilling dead heat between Bahnah and Brazen Permission.
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