Total wagering spiked at New York's major tracks in 2021

Total wagering spiked at New York's major tracks in 2021
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

The New York Racing Association, Inc. Thursday announced that its 2021 race meets conducted at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course generated all-sources handle of $2,373,772,916 and average daily handle of $11,809,816 over 201 race days.

Average daily handle on the NYRA circuit has increased 21.6 percent since 2019, when average daily handle over 217 race days was $9,714,868. Average daily handle in 2020, which featured 157 race days, was $11,553,727.

All sources handle for 2021 was $265,646,547 higher than 2019, an increase of 12.6 percent; and $559,837,825 higher than 2020, a 30.9 percent increase.

Average field size for the 1,887 races completed in 2021 was 7.68, a 3.9 percent increase over 2019 and a 1.8 percent decrease from 2020.

On-track handle in 2021 totaled $266,978,634 compared with $152,114,600 in 2020 and $310,053,754 in 2019.

Live racing resumes Thursday at Aqueduct with a nine-race card. First post is 12:20 p.m. Eastern. 

America’s Day at the Races will present daily coverage and analysis of the winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack on the networks of FOX Sports. For the complete broadcast schedule, visit https://www.nyra.com/aqueduct/racing/tv-schedule.

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