U.S. Wagering, Race Days Down in September
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 10/4/2013 1:32:38 PM
Last Updated: 10/5/2013 10:16:44 AM

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Following a 4.8% decline in total race days during the month of September, total wagering on U.S. racing fell 2.09% during the month but the daily average handle increased 2.8%.

The Equibase Company's Thoroughbred racing economic indicators released Oct. 4 show that all-sources wagering on U.S. racing totaled $777,628,625 last month, down from $794,252,045 a year ago. The number of race days fell to 476 from 500, resulting in average race day handle of $1,633,674, compared with a $1,588,504 average in September 2013.

Despite the overall handle decline, purses for the month rose 2.87% to $110,958,980.

For the first three quarters of 2013, total U.S. handle is down nominally, U.S. race days have declined 2.93% and purses are almost even with the same period a year ago.
 

Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators For September 2013
September 2013 vs. September 2012

Indicator

September 2013

September 2012

% Change

Wagering on U.S. Races*

$777,628,625

$794,252,045

-2.09%

U.S. Purses

$110,958,980

$107,858,221

2.87%

U.S. Race Days

476

500

-4.80%

 
YTD 2013 vs. YTD 2012

Indicator

YTD 2013

YTD 2012

% Change

Wagering on U.S. Races*

$8,464,689,384  

$8,473,820,471

-0.11%

U.S. Purses

$857,863,655

$855,322,785

0.30%

U.S. Race Days

4,040

4,162

-2.93%

* Includes worldwide commingled wagering on U.S. races.

 



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