Big Attendance, Handle Totals for Belmont Day | BloodHorse.com
A crowd of 85,811 wagered $13,777,920 on Belmont Stakes day races June 9, the second largest Belmont Stakes day on-track handle ever.
It trailed only the $14,461,402 wagered in 2004 when Birdstone broke the Triple Crown bid of Smarty Jones at Belmont Park.
The on-track handle was also the third largest ever at Belmont, behind only the $14,742,521 wagered on Breeders’ Cup Day 2005 and the 2004 Belmont Stakes day handle. It easily eclipsed the previous non-Triple Crown Day record of $10,581,093 set in 2001 by 30.2% and was up 36.4% over $10,098,573 in 2011.