Saratoga Numbers Rise to Record Levels
Despite inclement weather during the first 3 1/2 weeks of the meet, the annual Saratoga concluded Monday with record attendance and on-track wagering. According to the New York Racing Association, attendance rose 6.3 percent to total 978,321 and on-track betting totaled $116,356,627, up 3.9 percent. Total all-source handle of $557,092,283 was down slightly from last year's $557,517,547 total."We're gratified with what was accomplished here, both from a business and racing perspective, especially considering the poor weather during the first half of the meet," said NYRA president and COO Terry Meyocks. "It's surprising to me that we have had the success in on-track business considering we lost so many turf races during the first 3 1/2 weeks of the meet. Without question, it impacted the handle both on track and nationally negatively."With a Saratoga meet record 50 wins, Jerry Bailey was leading rider as he exceeded his previous record of 48.