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  • The Pegasus statue at Gulfstream Park; the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) added a chunk of purse money in the first quarter of 2017

    Purses Spike in First Quarter of 2017

    The first edition of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) and some additional race days in the first quarter of 2017 helped purses surge nearly 8% in the first three months of the year.

  • A highlight of the meet was Innovative Idea's victory in the grade III Groupie Doll Stakes

    Ellis Park Reports Successful Meet

    Ellis Park, which closed its 30-day meet Sept. 5, reported a rise in all-sources handle and a slight drop in on-track wagering. Purses were up 25% due to an influx of funding from Kentucky Downs and historical race wagering.

  • Kiss Moon won the Fasig-Tipton Ladies Turf Stakes on closing day at Kentucky Downs.

    Kentucky Downs Posts Record Handle, Purses

    Mike Maker, who scored in three consecutive races Sept. 19, was named top trainer of the 2015 Kentucky Downs meet while jockey Florent Geroux was the leading rider with 12 victories for the five-day season.

  • Total Races, Pari-Mutuel Handle Up in July

    Perhaps helped a bit by added attention for horse racing following American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep, wagering on U.S. races improved 1.41% in July to $903,673,455 when compared with July 2014.

  • Year-Over-Year Handle Up Almost 5% in May

    With pari-mutuel wagering up for the Kentucky Oaks day card, the Kentucky Derby day card, and the Preakness day card, racing enjoyed a 4.82% increase in wagering in the all-important month of May.

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    Keeneland Handle Improves Saturday, Sunday

    The opening weekend at Keeneland, which marked a return to a dirt racing main track for the first time since the spring of 2006, saw steady attendance and on-track wagering but total handle declined 5.7%.

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    The Dirt on Keeneland Opening Day Numbers

    With sporadic rain showers throughout the day for Keeneland's fall meet opener Friday, which also marked the return to dirt for the Lexington track, attendance and handle figures were down compared with last year.

  • Small Foal Crops Will Challenge Racing

    While it already has faced many hurdles, if the declining North American foal crop is not turned around soon, North American racing will require creative solutions from racetracks and horsemen or face further contraction.

  • U.S. Wagering, Purses Held Steady in 2013

    United States race dates declined by 3.15% in 2013 when compared to the previous year, yet total wagering and purses held steady, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase Jan. 5.

  • Wagering Up More Than 4% in November

    Buoyed by an 11% increase in total commingled pari-mutul handle for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, wagering on U.S. races improved 4.37% in November compared with the same month last year.

  • Wagering, Purses Have Healthy August

    Wagering on United States races was strong in August, with a 4.69% increase from the same month in 2012, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase Sept. 4.

  • Devious Intent wins the 2013 Gardenia.

    Total Handle Plummets at Ellis Park Meet

    Compared with 2012, average all-sources handle declined 17% at the recently completed Ellis Park summer meet, a decrease the track attributes to new competition and fewer off-track outlets in the state.

  • Santa Anita Registers Increased Handle

    The Arcadia, Calif., track received final handle figures for its winter-spring meeting April 25. Handle improved 3% to $710,813,700. That increase came during a first quarter that saw U.S. handle decline 2.81%.

  • U.S. Wagering Fell 7% in April

    Impacted partly by the decision of Gulfstream Park to alter its 2011-12 schedule, wagering on United States racing fell 7% in April, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators.

  • Purses, Handle Show Solid March Gains

    Purses and pari-mutuel handle on Thoroughbred races continued a solid rebound in March with a slight increase in race days, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase.

  • Wagering Down Slightly in January

    After posting a rare gain in December, wagering on North American racing took a small step backward in January, with total handle from all sources down 1.1% from January 2011.