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Chad B. Harmon

Two-Day Breeders' Cup Wagering Up 11%

Handle on Saturday, Nov. 2, topped $109 million, according to Breeders' Cup.

Strong wagering on Nov. 2 fueled an 11% increase in total commingled pari-mutuel handle for the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships cards at Santa Anita Park, according to figures released by the organization.

Handle on Saturday's 12-race card totaled $109,183,731, up 13% from $96,685,567 in 2012 at Santa Anita. With wagering on Friday, Nov. 1, up 8% from last year, the two-day handle of $160,704,877 was up 11% from $144,272,332 in 2012.

On-track handle for the two days at Santa Anita was $21,043,110, up 2% from $20,680,143 last year.

Despite one fewer Breeders' Cup race this year, handle was up. Handle on 14 races this year was $136,539,014, up 7% from $127,676,366 for 15 races in 2012.