On a beautiful day
that featured a historic dead heat in the 143rd running of the Grade
1, $1 million Travers, attendance and handle, both on-track and all-sources, were
up substantially from 2011 figures.
“It was an exhilarating day at Saratoga Race Course featuring
four graded stakes. Over 46,000 fans were on-track to witness firsthand the first
dead heat in the prestigious Travers since 1874,” said NYRA President and
COO Ellen McClain. “Congratulations to riders David Cohen and Ramon
Dominguez, trainers Ken McPeek and Kiaran McLaughlin, and the owners of Golden
Ticket and Alpha. Horse racing is a thrilling sport and our strong program
continues tomorrow with the Grade 1 Personal Ensign, promising another fun day
at the Spa.”
Attendance totaled 46,528, an increase of 8.1 percent from 43,050 in
On-track handle for Saratoga’s
races was $8,741,773, up 7.0 percent from last year’s total of $8,172,452.
An additional $1,193,435 was wagered downstate at the Belmont Café and
the Aqueduct simulcast center for a combined on-track handle of $9,935,208, an increase
of 12.4 percent from $8,839,281 last year.
All-sources handle was $36,597,173, up 10.8 percent from last
year’s total of $33,017,384.
The pool for today’s
$1 Million Guaranteed All Graded Stakes Pick 4 was $1,837,082, up 11.3 percent
over last year’s pool of $1,650,587.