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Belmont Attendance Better, Total Handle Dips
All-source wagering dipped by more than 10% during the Belmont Park fall meet, according to the New York Racing Association, although on-track attendance improved during the 35-day stand.
The meet concluded Oct. 30. It was originally scheduled for 37 days, two more than in 2010, but one full day and a second partial day were lost due to inclement weather. Figures released Nov. 10 showed all-sources handle, comprising all wagers made on NYRA races, fell 10.3% from last year’s meet, with $263,037,788 wagered this year as compared to $293,163,373 in 2010. Attendance increased 4.6% to 133,369 compared with 127,540 during last year’s meet, and on-track handle on NYRA races reportedly totaled $41,656,097, up 45.4% over last year’s total of $28,656,204. NYRA Rewards account wagering, including wagers made on simulcast races, reportedly increased 216% ($8,280,728 vs. $2,620,682), contributing to an internet wagering jump of 234% ($12,786,902 vs. $3,825,633).