racing attendance

Tickets Now On Sale For 2019 Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, Set For June 28-29

Tickets are on sale now for the 2019 Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, which will run from Friday, June 28 to Saturday, June 29 at Woodbine Racetrack. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.ca for Canada’s premier horse racing festival, which culminates with the 160th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate stakes race on June 29. The Queen’s […]

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Editorial: Racing Isn’t Dying, Just Regrouping

While news items about the ever-impending death of horse racing grow in popularity, David Hill writes for The Classical that the sport is simply going through a transformation. Hill, who is part of the NTRA’s America’s Best Racing initiative, notes that at least one of the articles dismissing racing’s attempt at raking in new fans failed […]

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QE II Challenge Cup Day Sees Record Attendance at Keeneland

The 32,717 fans at Keeneland on Saturday marked a single-day attendance record for the fall meet and the seventh-highest single-day attendance ever. It also marked back-to-back days of record attendance. On Friday, 22,807 fans were at Keeneland, the highest attendance for a Friday during the fall meet. Through the first seven days of the 17-day […]

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Beyer: ‘Racing Still Draws Fans – Just Not to the Track’

Belmont Park has six graded stakes races, including five Grade 1’s, on tap for ‘Super Saturday’, part of the track’s Breeders’ Cup Preview Day. Many horses will be using the races as their final preps for the Breeders’ Cup in November. With such important races on the card, a big crowd is expected. Or at […]

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Wagering Up, Attendance Down in First Half of Saratoga Meet

Total wagering on races at Saratoga Race Course increased compared to 2012 levels through the first half (20 days) of the meet, according to The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA). All-sources handle, which includes wagers on Saratoga races both on-track and from simulcast outlets nationwide, was $286,598,192, up 0.5 percent from $285,295,757 last year. […]

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Surge in Late Business Brings Numbers Up at Lone Star

At the conclusion of a 50-day Thoroughbred meet, Lone Star Park made small gains in average daily handle and attendance. The last four race cards included two fireworks displays and brought in over 55,000 people. Average attendance for the meet was up 2 percent from last year to 7,440, while handle was up 1.5 percent […]

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Attendance, Handle Down for 2013 Belmont Stakes

Belmont Park officials released handle and attendance numbers for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes which indicated that while attendance and on/off-track handle were down overall from last year, handle numbers showed an increase from 2011. On-track handle totals of $10,700,326 were down 22.3 percent from last year, but up six percent from two years ago. Off-track handle […]

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Keeneland Spring Meet Finishes with Records of All Kinds

Keeneland concluded its 2013 spring race meeting Friday with a number of records, including all-sources handle, as well as most wins by an owner, trainer and jockey. All-sources wagering on Keeneland’s 16-day meeting was a record $158,640,589, with a daily average of $9,915,037, compared to the previous record of $158,368,309 set during the 15-day 2007 […]

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Oaklawn season saw increases in purse sizes and attendance numbers

Oaklawn concluded its 2012 live race meet Saturday, April 14, with a crowd of 63,804 turning out on a picture-perfect day to watch Zayat Stable’s Bodemeister place himself among the Kentucky Derby favorites with his 9 1/2-length victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). Oaklawn enjoyed excellent weather not just on Derby Day, but […]

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Despite weather challenges, River Downs sees gains

It was a roller coaster live racing season at River Downs greeted by two floods, the cancellation of live racing on Kentucky Derby Day and Mothers Day, having a mid-season wash out and then experiencing a record tying heat wave in the Cincinnati area.  Despite these hurdles, the track that was purchased by Pinnacle Entertainment […]

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