Dave Harmon

Handle Dips With Rainy Kentucky Derby Card

All-sources wagering declines slightly; on-track totals take bigger hit.

Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race card totaled $184.6 million, a decrease of 1% from 2012’s all-time record, which totaled $187 million, Churchill Downs reported on the night of May 4.

All-sources wagering on the 139th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was down 2% from $133.1 million to $130.5 million. Both all-source figures were the second-highest of all time.

The track reported on-track attendance of 151,616 despite consistent, heavy rains at Churchill Downs.

On-track wagering on the Derby decreased 7%, from $12.3 million to $11.5 million. On-track wagering on the Derby program decreased 11% from $23.7 million to $21.1 million.

Churchill Downs returned $150.6 million to bettors, which amounts to 81.6% of total wagering on the Derby Day race card.  Purses earned from the Derby Day race card approximated $8.2 million that will be paid out to horsemen during the remainder of the 2013 racing meets, the track noted.