Preakness Stakes handle up 2.5 percent from 2011

by | 05.21.2012 | 1:51pm

All-sources wagering was up on this year's Preakness Stakes by 2.5 percent compared to figures from the 2011 edition of the race, reports the Daily Racing Form. Handle was up more than $2 million compared to 2011 when the race had a field size of 14 runners. The fact that handle was up despite the smaller field size of 11 starters is an encouraging sign for the industry, writes the Daily Racing Form, as handle totals are usually closely correlated to field size.

Total handle for the Preakness day card was also up from $76.4 million last year to $80.5 million this year.

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