Across-the-Board Increases at Belmont Meet

Across-the-Board Increases at Belmont Meet
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Belmont Park’s 2010 fall meet saw increases in all-sources handle, on-track handle, and attendance, with totals and daily averages up from last year.

With two more live racing days in 2010 (35 this year, 33 in 2009), total all-sources handle was up 11% ($305 million compared to $274 million), total on-track handle was up 17.1% ($40.8 million this year compared to $34.9 million), and total attendance was up 11.4% (127,540 people as compared to 114,519).

Daily averages for all-sources handle, on-track handle, and attendance posted increases of 4.6%, 10.4%, and 5%, respectively.

"We were very encouraged with the recently concluded Belmont fall championship meet," NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward said in a statement. "The racing was terrific, highlighted by Jockey Club Gold Cup Day and New York Showcase Day, and fans responded very positively as reflected by the increased handle and attendance. With construction set to begin soon on Genting’s Resorts World New York casino at Aqueduct Racetrack, it’s an exciting time for everyone involved in New York racing."

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