Betting on U.S. horse racing showed across-the-board declines in March, year over year, and wagering was down for the first three months of 2019 compared to last year, according to figures released by Equibase Friday.
Wagering in March was down close to three percent, while purses, race days, races, field sizes and starts all saw similar drop-offs. For the first quarter compared to 2018, most of those areas showed decreases, although smaller, and purses and average purses per race day grew during the period.
The statistics provided by Equibase can be seen below.
|March 2019 vs. March 2018|
|Indicator||March 2019||March 2018||% Change|
|Wagering on U.S. Races*||$944,833,669||$972,396,989||-2.83%|
|U.S. Race Days||310||317||-2.21%|
|Average Field Size||7.63||7.79||-2.02%|
|Average Wagering Per Race Day||$3,047,851||$3,067,498||-0.64%|
|Average Purses Per Race Day||$256,784||$258,044||-0.49%|
|YTD 2019 vs. YTD 2018|
|Indicator||YTD 2019||YTD 2018||% Change|
|Wagering on U.S. Races*||$2,534,884,965||$2,626,627,511||-3.49%|
|U.S. Race Days||844||848||-0.47%|
|Average Field Size||7.80||7.92||-1.60%|
|Average Wagering Per Race Day||$3,003,418||$3,097,438||-3.04%|
|Average Purses Per Race Day||$269,039||$265,711||+1.25%|
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