The $137,954,895 wagered on Saturday's 13-race card is the second-highest single-day handle total in New York Racing Association history, behind only the $151,109,373 wagered on the 2014 Belmont card, when Tonalist denied California Chrome the Triple Crown. This year's wagering total was up 1.6% from the $135,790,321 bet on the 2015 Belmont card, the most recent year the Triple Crown was on the line.
With an announced attendance of 90,327, on-track handle was $16,159,584. That total fell short of the two previous Belmonts where the Triple Crown was on the line.
All-sources handle for the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival was $168,975,295, up 35% from last year.
All-sources wagering on the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) was $72,702,815 with on-track handle totaling $6,884,907. The all-sources handle for the Belmont fell short of both 2015 ($75 million) and 2014 ($83 million).
2018 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Handle (all-sources, on NYRA races)
Thursday, June 7: $10,180,697
Friday, June 8: $20,839,703
Saturday, June 9: $137,954,895
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival all-sources handle: $168,975,295
Belmont Stakes all-sources handle: $72,702,815
2017 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival handle (ALL SOURCES ON NYRA RACES)
Thursday, June 8: $10,309,890
Friday, June 9: $20,763,470
Saturday, June 10: $93,666,837
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival all-sources handle: $124,740,198
Belmont Stakes all-sources handle: $47,163,773
2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival handle (ALL SOURCES ON NYRA RACES)
Thursday, June 4: $7,082,133
Friday, June 5: $18,150,169
Saturday, June 6: $135,790,321
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival all-sources handle: $161,022,623
Belmont Stakes all-sources handle: $75,036,432