Belmont Park's on-track handle, including simulcasts, increased 4.3% at the recently-concluded 59-day spring/summer Meet, the racetrack announced July 27. Daily average rose to $1,653,672 from $1,585,901 in 2006. Total handle increased 3.6% to a daily average of $11,971,928 from $11,555,959 in 2006.
Attendance increased nearly 1%, to 380,531 (daily average of 6,450), up from 377,570 (daily average of 6,399) in 2006.
Average field size rose from 7.77 to 7.95, while the number of turf races jumped 40.6%, from 180 in 2006 to 253 in 2007.
These results follow purse increases of 12% which took effect on July 4 for the final three weeks of the Belmont meet. Average daily purses for the Saratoga meet which opened July 25 are climbing 13.6% from 2006 totals.
“We’re very pleased with the results from the Belmont Park spring/summer Meet,” said NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward. “These solid increases are clearly outperforming the industry nationwide and demonstrate once again that the New York Racing Association produces the finest thoroughbred racing in the country.”