All-sources handle for the Friday Breeders' Cup program was $52,273,883, a 5.3 percent increase from 2016, on the first day of the 34th Breeders' Cup World Championships Friday at the iconic Del Mar racetrack, a first-time host for the event. The total handle for championship Friday was the highest since 2013.
Friday's on-track handle was $9,280,504, a 29 percent increase over the prior year, as an enthusiastic crowd of 32,278 witnessed a command performance by Forever Unbridled in the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff.
For the comfort of its guests and due to the smaller capacity of the venue, Breeders' Cup capped ticket sales for each day at 37,500.
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