Total handle for the 26 race cards was $158,268,874, averaging $6,087,264 per day and $676,362 per race. In 2013 these figures were $184,204,040, $7,084,770 and $787,196, respectively. Average field size also took a hit, dropping 8.6% from 8.73 horses/race in 2013 to 7.98. The average $2 win payout was $12.19, about even with last year's $12.02.
The New York Racing Association has announced that they will be increasing their signal fee along with upping prices for group sales and parking for 2015. The increased signal fee could lead to more handle declines in the future.
The Aqueduct meet switches over to the inner dirt surface today (Wed. Dec. 3) and will stay there until late March (no exact date available at this time.)