horse racing handle

Oaklawn Park: Rebel Stakes Day Sets New All-Time Handle Record

Rebel Day has clearly become Oaklawn’s second-biggest business day. For the next three weeks, at least, it will be the biggest day after an all-time record for total pari-mutuel handle was set on Saturday’s 11-race card. According to figures released Saturday night by the track, total money wagered on Oaklawn’s races was $16,221,639.11, eclipsing the […]

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Record Off-Track Handle, Attendance Boom Trigger Strong Start To Oaklawn Meet

Business for Oaklawn’s first three days racing produced huge gains over 2018, highlighted by a January record for off-track pari-mutuel handle. According to figures released by Oaklawn, total estimated attendance of 55,500 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday represented a 62 percent increase over the corresponding period last year. On-track handle of $2,938,316 was up 23 […]

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Betting Handle In Virginia Up $10 Million Over 2017

According to a Virginia Thoroughbred Association report Thursday, rises in OTB and ADW handle in Virginia have prompted a $10 million increase in overall racing handle in the state from 2017. Through the first seven months of the year, ADW was over $52 million, up 3.2 percent from the same period in 2017. OTB handle […]

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Canterbury Park Efforts Pay Off With Record Attendance, Handle

You might not expect one of the bright spots in the racing industry to be a racetrack in Minnesota, but there’s no denying that it is. As MinnPost reports, Canterbury Park’s on-track attendance is thriving, highlighted by a July Fourth weekend crowd of over 40,000. The track built a following by targeting young people and families […]

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New York Aims for Big Days, Big Business — With a Cherry on Top

Ice cream is good. Put a little syrup on top and it gets better. Then add some whipped cream, nuts and a bit of fruit, and you’ve got what might be the perfect dessert. Then someone came along and said, “Wait, why don’t we try putting a cherry on top of all that?” And so […]

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Finley: Newspaper Cutbacks Behind Saratoga Drop-Off?

There’s been a lot of speculation about why Saratoga’s 2013 race meet saw handle declines – both all-sources and on-track – and a nearly four percent decrease in attendance.  Too many races and a watered-down product? At, Bill Finley says we shouldn’t dismiss cutbacks on racing coverage at both the New York Post and […]

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Delta Downs wraps up with ‘sizeable’ handle increases

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel concluded its 2011-2012 Thoroughbred season on Saturday night. The 88-day meeting produced record handle amounts in several categories as well as sizable increases in handle year over year. Overall, the season produced a 5.62% increase in total handle from last year. The 2011-2012 meeting attracted $129,156,637 in total wagers […]

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Del Mar considers making Pacific Classic last race on the card

Del Mar officials are thinking about emulating a recent Santa Anita Park strategy which appears to be working – slotting the feature event as the last race on certain big days.  The North County Times says Del Mar is mulling the idea for its signature race, the Pacific Classic in August: “On opening day, Santa […]

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U.S. wagering shows another increase in February

U.S. betting handle climbed 7.6% last month compared to February of 2011, according to statistics released Monday by Equibase.  It’s the second time in three months that national wagering has increased after consistent declines in recent years.  Year to date, handle is up 3.2% to $1.7 billion. All categories showed gains in February as purses […]

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