Keeneland successfully concluded its 2018 Fall Meet on Saturday with Fall Meet record all-sources wagering of more than $144 million, driven by Fall Meet records for single-day all-sources, Pick Four and Pick Five handle.
All-sources wagering on live racing at Keeneland (not including whole-card simulcasting at Keeneland) totaled $144,309,944 for the 17-day Fall Meet, held Oct. 5-27. The figure surpassed the previous record of $139,660,204 set during the 17-day 2013 Fall Meet. The total increased 18.57 percent from the $121,712,702 posted for last year's 17-day Fall Meet. Average daily all-sources wagering of $8,488,820 rose 18.57 percent from $7,159,571 in 2017.
“The quality of Keeneland's racing program is reflected in the record wagering we experienced this Fall,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “Full, competitive race fields representing the nation's top owners, trainers and jockeys attracted the support of fans across the country. We thank the Central Kentucky community, our horsemen and corporate partners for a very gratifying racing season.”
Keeneland set Fall Meet wagering records for single-day all-sources handle and Pick Four and Pick Five pools on Fall Stars Saturday, Oct. 6. Total all-sources handle of $17,122,465 exceeded the previous Fall Meet single-day record of $15,926,396 set Oct. 8, 2016.
Keeneland smashed its Fall Meet Pick Four and Pick Five wagering records, both also from Oct. 8, 2016. The All-Stakes Pick Four handle of $737,408 broke the previous record of $479,166. Wagering on the All-Stakes Pick Five totaled $619,106 to best the former record of $496,723.
On-track attendance and wagering were down slightly when compared to the 2017 Fall Meet, due in part to unseasonably hot weather during opening Fall Stars Weekend. On-track attendance of 241,806 dipped 10.63 percent from last fall's near-record 270,555. Average daily attendance was 14,224 versus 15,915 in 2017.
On-track wagering totaled $16,419,870, a decrease of 6.69 percent from last year's $17,597,035. Average daily on-track handle was $965,874 compared to last fall's $1,035,120.
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