Total wagering at the just concluded 15-day Keeneland spring meeting of $143,459,422 set an all-time record, the track reported May 2.The figure, including on-track and off-track sources as well as whole card wagering conducted at Keeneland, broke the previous record of $142,450,673 set during 2004's 15-day spring meet. Last year's 16-day spring meet total was $129,234,309.Total wagering averaged a record $9,563,961 per day, again breaking the previous high of $9,496,712 established in the spring of 2004. Last year, the daily average for total wagering was $8,077,144.Record interstate wagering on Keeneland's racing program fueled the increases in total wagering. Interstate wagering rose to $110,401,486, a 9% gain over 2004's record mark of $101,040,827. Average daily interstate handle of $7,360,099 also topped 2004's record level of $6,736,055 by 9%. In 2005, interstate handle on Keeneland totaled $89,986,745, for an average daily of $5,624,172.On-track wagering on Keeneland racing rose slightly to $21,833,015 over last year's $21,599,291, even though there was one less day of racing in 2006. Total on-track handle of $27,129,925 remained flat in comparison to 2005, chiefly due to a 12% decline in whole card wagering at Keeneland during the meet.Keeneland earlier reported an all-time record total and average daily attendance during the spring meet. Attendance for the 15-day meet totaled 244,145, a 4% increase over last year's record high of 235,220. Daily attendance during the meet averaged a record 16,276, an 11% increase over last year's 14,701. The previous record of 15,522 was set in 2004's 15-day spring meet. "Keeneland continues to be a special place for so many people," said president and CEO Nick Nicholson. "The support of our great fans; our horsemen, who provide such exciting racing; the relationships we have with our corporate and media sponsors – they all combine to make Keeneland unique and to enable us to create new racing fans." Purses for the 15-day spring meet averaged $641,253, up 3% over the average of $639,204 distributed during last year's 16-day meet. Those rich purses attracted the nation's top trainers and jockeys, and made for close competition among horsemen for leading contender crowns.
TVG will provide extensive live television coverage of Keeneland’s fall race meeting, including live trackside broadcasts every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the first three weekends of the 17-day meet.