Belmont Fall Meet Posts Significant Gains

Strong business trends continue on the New York Racing Association circuit, with significant gains in purse, handle, and attendance figures registered in the recently concluded 2007 Belmont Park Fall Championship meet. 
On-track handle soared by 12.18% over last year’s Belmont Park Fall total, from $30,557,666 with a daily average of $925,990, to $34,280,261 with a daily average of $1,038,796. The 2007 Belmont Park Fall races were bet enthusiastically at simulcast sites as well, as all-sources wagering rose 3.67% from $334,147,227 last fall to $346,423,312 this fall. Daily average all-sources handle was $10,497,676, up from $10,125,674. 
Purses also were significantly higher at Belmont Park this fall. The meet’s gross purses of $21,719,940 represent an 11.81% rise over last year’s total of $19,425,186, for a daily average of $658,180, compared with $588,642 last fall.
Attendance figures also bucked national trends by registering significant gains—up 8.05% to 165,045 for the 33-day meet, compared with 152,743 for last year’s corresponding 33-day meet. 
“We are pleased with our increase in purses, handle and attendance as we continue to outperform the industry. We look forward to a strong Aqueduct meet with the 12% increase in purses and a strong stakes program,” said a Belmont spokesman in a written release.

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