Wagering in First Breeders' Cup Day Shatters Monmouth Record

Wagering in First Breeders' Cup Day Shatters Monmouth Record
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Despite the weather, the crowd came out to the Breeders' Cup Friday.

A new all-sources handle of $30,370,671 was established for Monmouth Park during the Oct. 26 running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, the track has reported.

A total of $25,331,696 was wagered off-track on the 10-race card, while the announced crowd of 27,803 bet $5,038,975 on a cool, drizzly day. The total handle overwhelmed the previous all-sources figure of $14,122,636 set on Haskell Day this past Aug. 5, an increase of 115.1%.

“Friday’s card more than exceeded our expectations,” said Dennis Dowd, senior vice president of racing for the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, in a release from the Oceanport, N.J. track. “Despite the weather, we had a tremendous crowd come out and support Friday’s Breeders’ Cup card, and, save the weather, we couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out.

“The entire Monmouth Park team has been on overdrive for the past few months and from the feedback I’ve received, the fans have not only recognized this, they’ve truly appreciated it.”

Friday’s card was the first of the inaugural two-day Breeders’ Cup event, which continues Saturday at Monmouth Park.

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