Keeneland posts all-sources-wagering record for fall meet

Keeneland posts all-sources-wagering record for fall meet
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Keeneland posted a track record all-sources wagering total of $181 million for its 2021 fall meet, which ended Saturday.

Keeneland noted in a news release that it offered a race-meet record $6 million in stakes purses and an expanded stakes schedule of 22 races during the meet.

All-sources wagering (not including whole-card simulcasting at Keeneland) for the 17-day fall meet, held Oct. 8-30, totaled $181,009,626, smashing the record of $164,680,229 set during the 2021 spring meet and the previous fall meet record of $160,207,916 set in 2019. The total is a 22 percent increase from last fall’s $148,229,708.

On Fall Stars Saturday, Oct. 9, Keeneland established records for fall meet single-day all-sources and Pick 5 wagering, besting previous records set on Fall Stars Saturday in 2019 and 2020. All-sources handle totaled $20,926,640, surpassing the $18,392,756 set in 2019. Wagering on the All-Stakes Pick 5 totaled $1,255,080 to shatter the former fall meet record of $868,303 from 2020.

Keeneland introduced a new wager, the Keeneland Turf Pick 3, with a $3 minimum and 15 percent takeout, tying together the final three turf races of each day. The wager was well received by the public, according to the news release, netting a total handle of $1,683,502, or an average of $112,233 per day. The average payout was over $1,300 for a $3 wager.

On-track wagering for the fall meet totaled $15,162,221, for an average of $2,477,890.

Eclipse Award-winning rider Tyler Gaffalione had 29 wins to earn his second consecutive fall meet title and third overall. He also was the leading rider during Keeneland’s 2020 summer meet.

Florent Geroux finished second in the standings with 16 wins.

The battle for leading trainer honors between Brad Cox and Wesley Ward was decided in the final race on closing day. Cox prevailed with 14 victories to secure his second consecutive Keeneland fall meet title. Cox also earned the title in the 2018 spring meet.

Ward, a seven-time leading trainer at Keeneland, won 13 races to rank second in the standings.

Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm and Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum’s Godolphin tied for leading owner with four wins each. It is the first Keeneland owner title for Calumet under Kelley’s ownership and the second for Godolphin, which also won in the 2017 spring meet.

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