Spa Wagering Up First Four Days
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The start of the first race for Saratoga's meet.

On track handle, total handle, and attendance posted increases from 2011 after the first four days of racing (July 20-23) at Saratoga Race Course, according to the New York Racing Association.

Attendance for the first week  was 75,369, up 2% from 73,875 in 2011.

On-track handle for the week totaled $12,731,605, up 14.2% from $11,146,737 last year.

Wagering downstate at Belmont Café and the Aqueduct simulcast center was $2,278,248 for a combined on-track handle of $15,009,853, up 14.9% from $13,068,910 in 2011.

All-sources handle, which includes wagers on Saratoga races both on-track and from simulcast outlets nationwide, was $63,688,669, up 12.3% from $56,688,557 last year.

Average betting interests per race were 9 (368 total) compared to 8.4 (334 total) in 2011.  Turf races totaled 22, with none taken off the turf compared to 16 on and four off in 2011.

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