Friday Breeders’ Cup Crowd, Handle Decline
Photo: Chad Harmon
Attendance of 34,619 at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2 for the first day of the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships represented a 14.7% decline when compared with the first day at Churchill Downs a year ago.
The figure was a slight decline from the 2009 Friday attendance at Santa Anita of 37,651, but up from the 2008 figure of 31,257.
Total common-pool handle for Friday’s 10-race card was $47,586,765, compared with $50,053,505 bet last year on Championship Friday at Churchill Downs (a 5% decline) and $48,439,438 bet on the 2009 Friday card at Santa Anita.