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Colonial Downs Concludes ‘Outstanding’ Meet With Total Handle Over $17.5 Million

Sparked by outstanding participation from horsemen and racing fans, Colonial Downs concluded its 2019 race meeting on Saturday night punctuated by a lucrative daily purse structure, large fields, and an emphasis on horse safety and welfare for its participants. Through the investment of the Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, Colonial Downs […]

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Kentucky Downs Continues To Break Wagering Records Over 2019 Season

A total of $7,564,345 was wagered Sunday at Kentucky Downs, up from the corresponding fourth day of the meet last year, when $7,329,490 was bet on a Sunday card that was postponed to the following Wednesday after a deluge of rain flooded the region. Kentucky Downs has topped its previous mark for wagering from all […]

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Saratoga Meet Generates Record $700 Million In All-Sources Handle

For the first time in history, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) generated more than $700 million in all-sources handle during the 2019 meet at Saratoga Race Course, which was conducted over a five-day race week and included the cancellation of a full Saturday card of racing. Wagering from all-sources totaled $705,343,949 a staggering […]

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Wagering At Kentucky Downs Tops $8.4 Million On Opening Day

The RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs started off with a total of $8,464,103 wagered on the 10-race card, the record for the opening day and third-highest ever in track history. The all-time record is the $10,039,008 wagered on the second Saturday of the 2018 meet, traditionally the biggest day of the five-day meet. Ranking No. […]

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Ellis’ Kentucky Downs Preview Card Sees 36 Handle Increase

When he put in the claim slip for Factor This a year ago at Saratoga, trainer Brad Cox did so believing there was stakes-winning potential within the colt that just needed the right scenario to surface. Even after watching the 4-year-old drop his first three starts for his new connections, Cox still saw enough intangibles […]

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Saratoga’s Whitney Card Generates Record All-Sources Handle

Saturday’s 11-race Marylou Whitney Day card at Saratoga, featuring three graded stakes and highlighted by McKinzie’s victory in the 92nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney, generated an all-sources handle record of $31,835,863, eclipsing the previous Whitney Day record of $30,153,138 set in 2017. On-track handle was $7,078,192 with paid attendance of 40,791 […]

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Haskell Day Decisions Cost Monmouth Over 35 Percent Decline In Handle

The mid-day decision made by Monmouth Park officials to abbreviate and push back Saturday’s races produced a dramatic impact on handle and attendance. Announced figures for the Haskell card were $8,556,664 in handle and 25,173 fans through the turnstiles. Compared to last year’s Haskell card, the handle decreased by 36.1 percent. The announced attendance figure, […]

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‘Embracing The Earlier-Than-Usual Start’: Opening Weekend Handle Up At Saratoga

Despite the earliest opening in the modern history of Saratoga Race Course, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) exceeded all-sources handle for the first four days of the 2019 Saratoga meet compared to last year’s four-day Opening Weekend. NYRA announced today that all-sources handle from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14 totaled $73,441,101 […]

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Belmont’s Stars & Stripes Festival Generates Record Handle Of $25 Million

Saturday’s 11-race Stars & Stripes Racing Festival card, highlighted by an upset victory by Henley’s Joy in the 70th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational, generated all-sources handle of $25,766,176, the highest handle figure since the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) launched the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival in 2014. […]

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Opening Weekend At Albuquerque Downs Sees Attendance, Handle Increases

Albuquerque Downs recorded substantial increases in on-track attendance and total handle during opening weekend of its 2019 season, June 28-30. According to figures reported to Equibase, the racing industry’s official information database, Albuquerque Downs drew a total of 9,142 fans from June 28-30, an increase of 63 percent over the 5,595 fans drew during its […]

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