Del Mar hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships for the first time this year

Del Mar hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships for the first time this year

Chad B. Harmon

Breeders' Cup Handle Rises at Del Mar

All-sources wagering and on-track wagering both increased over 2016 totals.

Del Mar reported an on-track wagering total of $25,181,317 for two days of Breeders' Cup races, a record for the event that expanded from one day to two in 2007.

The total was a 21.4% increase over the two-day total of $20,742,847 in 2016, when the event was at Santa Anita Park.

All-sources handle on the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup card of 12 races was $113,803,603, a 6% increase over the $107,210,210 wagered in 2016.

Saturday's full-card on-track handle of $15,981,250 was the highest since 2006, the last year the Breeders' Cup was conducted over one day.

All-sources wagering for the two days was $166,077,486, an increase of 5.9% over the 2016 total of $156,861,811. The total handle was the highest since the 2010 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, when there were two additional Breeders' Cup races.

Saturday's on-track handle for the nine Breeders' Cup races was $15,900,813, an increase of 18% over the $13,563,884 wagered on-track at Santa Anita last year.

"We were treated to world-championship performances over two days of the very best in international racing, combined with spectacular weather, smooth operations, and excellent customer service from our hosts at Del Mar," said Breeders' Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel. "Del Mar proved to be an extraordinary venue for our championships, and we want to thank its staff, our volunteers, and the greater San Diego community for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality extended to our guests from around the world. We also want to thank racing fans for their enthusiastic support of our event."

"Del Mar, its staff, and the community of San Diego absolutely shone for this Breeders' Cup," said Joe Harper, president and general manager of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. "I could not be more proud of the effort that was put forth by everyone at our racetrack, and all the folks in San Diego who jumped on board for this marvelous event and made it into something spectacular. This was racing at its best, it was Del Mar at its best, and it was San Diego being all it could be. It was a complete winner."

Saturday's attendance was 37,692. The two-day attendance was 70,420. For the comfort of its guests and because of Del Mar's smaller capacity, Breeders' Cup limited ticket sales to 37,500 for each day.