Apparently people really wanted to bet big turf races this past weekend, as Kentucky Downs shattered their their single day handle record on Saturday and Woodbine followed on Sunday with a record handle for Woodbine Mile day.
Kentucky Downs' previous handle record came last year on their closing Wednesday card, $3,371,476 over 13 races, an average of $259,344/race. Saturday's 10 race card handled $4,253,567, an average of $425,356/race. That's a 21% total increase and a per race increase of 39.1%. Kentucky Downs continues to offer one of North America's best racing products, with the lowest blended takeout, the largest fields, and growing handle. There are two days of racing left at the Franklin, KY track for the meet, Wednesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 24.
The next day, all eyes were on Woodbine for the Grade I, $1,000,000 Woodbine Mile. After Wise Dan had scared off the competition the previous two years, winning the 2012 and 2013 editions against short fields, this year's race was Dan-less and featured a full, competitive field of 11. This year's handle was $7,004,235, a 4.4% increase from last year and a record for Woodbine Mile day. Wagering on the big race itself totaled $1,606,093, up from $1,522,657 last year, a number which was buoyed by some show pool bridgejumping on Wise Dan. The exactor pool was up 33.3% and the triactor pool was up 15%.
Have a good week, everybody!