Saratoga Race Course On-Track Wagering Still Positive After Cancelled Sunday
Even though racing was cancelled at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday due to Hurricane Irene, on-track wagering was still up compared to the 2010 race season through week six (33 days) of the meet.
Attendance through week six (33 days) was 733,844, down 0.8% from 739,623 for 34 days in 2010. On-track handle totaled $103,165,617, up 4.3% from $98,900,040 last year.
All-sources handle, which includes wagers on Saratoga races both on-track and from simulcast outlets nationwide, was $436,380,750, down 5.0% from $459,484,857 in 2010.
Average betting interests per race through 33 days of the meet were 8.1 (2,696 total) for 331 races compared to 8.3 (2,773 total) for 333 races in the 34 days of 2010. Turf races totaled 129 with 37 taken off the turf, compared to 150 on and 24 off in 2010.