Attendance, Handle Down for 2013 Belmont Stakes
Belmont Park officials released handle and attendance numbers for Saturday's Belmont Stakes which indicated that while attendance and on/off-track handle were down overall from last year, handle numbers showed an increase from 2011.
On-track handle totals of $10,700,326 were down 22.3 percent from last year, but up six percent from two years ago. Off-track handle also fared better than in 2011, with a total of $77,951,697–a 9.5 percent increase from 2011, and 5.8 percent decrease from 2012.
Attendance total of 47,562 was down from both of the last two editions of the race.
2013 Belmont Stakes Day handle and attendance compared to 2012 and 2011:
Last year, I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and was set for a Triple Crown attempt, but was retired the day before the race after developing tendinitis.
In 2011, Ruler On Ice defeated Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness victor Shackleford.
Saturday's $1 million Guaranteed All-Graded-Stakes Pick 4 handle of $2,918,807 broke the previous record of $2,856,185 set last year. The $1 million Guaranteed Pick 6 generated handle of $1,203,177.