Belmont Handle, Attendance Decline

(Edited NYRA release)

Total handle on the Belmont Stakes card declined when compared with 2006, and on-track attendance also declined from 61,168 last year to 46,870 this year.

Total all-sources handle for Belmont Stakes day was $75,587,892, compared to $81,465,277 in 2006.  All sources handle was down $5,877,385 while Belmont Stakes-only handle experienced a reduction of $7,319,263, a difference that could be attributable to the five fewer betting interests in 2007 as compared with 2006.  Total all-sources handle for the 2007 Belmont Stakes only with a seven-horse field, was $37,786,382, compared to $45,105,645 for the 2006 Belmont Stakes with a 12-horse field.

The on-track crowd wagered $8,843,720 for the 13-race presentation, compared to $8,958,323 in 2006.  An additional $712,406 was wagered by the on-track crowd on incoming simulcasts, elevating the total on-track handle to $9,556,126, a record Belmont Day handle when there was no Triple Crown opportunity.