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Belmont Ontrack Wagering Down 15.6% from 2009

All-sources handle also off from last year's record non-Triple Crown day.

An ontrack crowd of 45,243 wagered $7,598,840 on Belmont Stakes Day races, a 15.6% decrease from $8,998,630 in 2009.

An additional $630,479 was wagered at Belmont on incoming simulcasts, bringing the total ontrack handle to $8,229,318 compared with $9,632,241 in 2009, the record Belmont Stakes Day ontrack handle for a non-Triple Crown year.

All-sources handle, which includes all wagers made on Belmont Stakes Day races, was $74,613,144, down 16.8% from last year’s all-sources total of $89,705,994, which is also the record Belmont Stakes Day all-sources handle for a non-Triple Crown year.

The late pick four pool of $2,026,444 was the second largest in NYRA history, only trailing last year’s Belmont Stakes Day pick four pool of $2,243,069.

The pick six total pool, including a $129,962 carryover ,was $1,572,462, down 5.2% from the 2009 total of $1,659,251. There is a pick six carryover of $930,495 into the June 9 card at Belmont Park, starting with race 4 at 2:36 p.m. EDT.

“Belmont Stakes Day has provided some of history’s great moments in Thoroughbred racing, and today was no exception,” Charles Hayward, NYRA president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We saw the best 3-year-olds in the country in the Belmont Stakes and were treated to a superb racing card thanks to vice president and director of racing PJ Campo.

"Our director of racing services, Glen Kozak, had the dirt track and turf courses in tremendous condition. I love walking around the track on Belmont Day and seeing lots of smiling faces, and our thanks go out to all of our customers and racing participants.”