A new event wagering record of $115,523,156 from all sources was established for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park Saturday, according to preliminary totals. The new Breeders' Cup figure breaks the old mark of $108,603,040 set in 2000 at Churchill Downs. Saturday's total handle was also more than $11.5 million higher than last year's Breeders' Cup Day wagering of $104,145,186 at Belmont Park.
The crowd of 46,118 at Arlington Park wagered a total of $13,568,233 on the 11-race card. A total of $101,954,923 was wagered at off-track facilities in North America and overseas. These figures do not include a limited number of international wagering outlets, which will be reported on Sunday. A total of $4,646,289 was wagered on the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6. There were six winning tickets, all purchased at Catskill OTB in upstate New York, with a payout of $428,392. The consolation payoff for 5 correct was $4,606.20. Total handle for the new Head to Head wager was $768,894 for seven Breeders' Cup races. There was no Head to Head wager on the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile due to the scratch of Sky Mesa.