U.S. Pari-Mutuel Handle Down Slightly in June
By Blood-Horse Staff July 4, 2015 10:17 PM
United States Thoroughbred racing's economic indicators for June 2015, released
July 4 by Equibase Co., showed declines in pari-mutuel handle, purses, race
days, races, and starts compared with the same month in 2014.
Year-to date wagering, which includes commingled handle on all U.S. Thoroughbred
races, was down less than 1% compared with the first six months of 2014.
Wagering dipped during June 2015, though it was off less than a quarter
percent—0.23%—at $925,512,755, compared with $927,683,726 for June 2014. The
number of races showed a sharper decline at 7.86%, from 4,225 in June 2014 to
The highlight of the month was the $134,839,391 all-sources handle on the
13-race Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day program June 6, when American Pharoah's
Triple Crown bid was on the line. But that figure was down about 10.2% from the
2014 Belmont day program.
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