Belmont Stakes Day Crowd of 52,861 Wagers $9,021,196 on Track
A crowd of 52,861 wagered $9,021,196 on Belmont Stakes Day races, a 2 percent increase over $8,843,720 in 2007, the most recent year when a Triple Crown was not on the line.
With an additional $615,895 wagered at Belmont on incoming simulcasts, the total on-track handle was $9,637,091, compared to $9,580,465 in 2007.
In 2008, when Da’ Tara foiled Big Brown’s Triple Crown bid before a crowd of 94,476, on-track handle for Belmont Stakes Day races was $13,233,071 and total on-track handle was $13,714,309, the second highest on-track handles in the history of Belmont Stakes Day wagering.
Total all-sources handle, which includes money bet on Belmont Stakes Day races from simulcast outlets, was $89,705,994, an 18.6 percent increase over $75,657,986 in 2007, and only a 10.2 percent decrease over $99,943,516 in 2008 (the second highest all-sources handle in Belmont Stakes Day history). The 2009 all-sources handle represented the biggest ever on Belmont Stakes Day in a non-Triple Crown year.
Today’s late Pick 4 pool of $2,243,069 set a new record, breaking the previous Pick 4 pool record of $1,983,864 set on Belmont Stakes Day 2006.
Betting interests for Belmont Stakes Day totaled 120, compared to 116 in 2008 and 106 in 2007.
“Today was a brilliant day of racing and I thank all of our customers and racing participants,” said Charles E. Hayward, President and CEO of the New York Racing Association, Inc. P.J. Campo, our Vice President and Director of Racing, put together a tremendous racing card, and Director of Racing Services Glen Kozak did a superb job of getting the racing surface in tremendous shape. It was a great experience walking around the track today and seeing smiles on lots of faces.”