Edited press release
Purses and pari-mutuel handle were up slightly in the second quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2006, according to the “Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators” released July 17 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Equibase.
The figures are for wagering on United States Thoroughbred races in North America.
Purses for the second quarter of 2007 were $306,210,835, up 0.82% from $303,725,964 in 2006. Handle totaled $4,043,258,943, up 0.87% from last year. The number of U.S. race days--individual programs at each track--was 1,740 this year compared with 1,764 last year, a decrease of 1.36%.