Keeneland's Final Numbers Down Slightly

Keeneland ended its 15-day spring meeting with slight declines in both total handle and on-track attendance.

All-source wagering on Keeneland's live meet averaged $8,097,843 a day, about a 1% decline from last year's average daily handle of $8,143,062. With one fewer day of live racing this year as compared to 2002, total handle dropped to $121,467,645 from $130,288,987.

On-track attendance totaled 212,061 for a daily average of 14,137. Last year, on-track attendance averaged 14,222. Average daily on-track handle, which includes imported signals, was down 3% to $1,650,581 a day.

"Despite the small decreases, we would characterize the spring meeting as very solid," said Keeneland president Nick Nicholson. "Average daily attendance and mutuel handle were close to last year's figures in the face of a sluggish economy, the war in Iraq and colt weather early in the meeting."

Purse money totaled $9,432,792 for the meet, which averaged to $628,857 a day.

D. Wayne Lukas won the trainer's title with nine wins, which marks the 16th Keeneland meet the Racing Hall of Famer has either won or shared the title. Robby Albarado won the jockey's race for the second straight spring meeting with 17 wins. G. Watts Humphrey won five races either solely or in partnership to win the owner's title.