Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Handle Increases
The New York Racing Association reported Belmont Stakes day attendance of 57,729, down slightly (4%) from last year from 60,114. However, the handle for the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival increased 1.6% to $124,740,193. Belmont Stakes day all-source handle was down slightly (5.8%) to $93,666,832.
The on-track handle for Belmont Stakes day 2017 was $11,594,599, nearly identical to 2016’s on-track handle of $11, 694,897. All-sources wagering on the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) itself was $47,163,773.
On-track handle for Thursday and Friday of the festival cards was a combined $4.13 million, a more than 18% increase from 2016. Total handle for the two days was $31.07 million, an increase of more than 32% over the same period last year.
The New York Racing Association is determined to do everything possible to attract horses from Japan to its top events. It was announced on Friday that a $1 million bonus will again be offered next year to any Japan-based horse that can win the Belmont Stakes. This year’s Belmont Stakes featured betting in Japan, in a non-comingled pool. The total Belmont Stakes handle from Japan, which is not included in the all-source handle figure, was $4,698,525. That wagering was expected to be higher until Japan-based Epicharis was scratched Saturday morning from the Belmont Stakes.
Thursday all-source handle = $10,309,891
Friday all-source handle = $20,763,469
Saturday all-source handle = $93,666,832
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival all-source handle = $124,790,193
Belmont Stakes all-source handle = $47,163,773
Belmont Stakes Japan handle = $4,698,525