BREEDERS CUP WORLD-WIDE HANDLE IMPRESSIVE, ON-TRACK ATTENDANCE UP

Attendance for the two-day Breeders’ Cup was 96,496 fans for Friday and Saturday—a 17 percent increase from a year ago when 82,578 attended the world championships at the same racetrack.

Friday’s attendance of 37,651 was a 20 percent increase over last year’s one-day crowd of 31,257.

All-sources handle for the 2009 Breeders’ Cup World Championships surpassed $150 million as global figures from Breeders’ Cup Saturday continue to be accumulated.

Through Sunday, a total of $150,205,639 was wagered on the 14 races of the Championships and five additional Oak Tree Racing Association races, held Nov. 6-7. For last year’s two-day program, there were 21 races, one more race per day than this year.

Breeders’ Cup estimates an additional $2-3 million in separate international pool handle has yet to be reported from France, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and others. Reported handle from Hong Kong on four Saturday Breeders’ Cup races was $2,924,635. Separate pool handle in Mexico was $1,361,086. For the first time, Singapore took the Saturday Breeders’ Cup program, and generated a total handle of $156,706.

Same store sale comparisons project a 4% increase which is encouraging in a still sluggish economy.

Not included in 2009 handle figures is the estimated total Betfair exchange wagering of $24.75 million over the two days.

The Pick 6 handle rose significantly from 2008. Friday’s Pick 6 handle was $1,371,372, up 36% from 2008. The Saturday Pick 6 handle increased 15% to $3,313,224.

The sole winning ticket on Saturday was worth $1,838,305 for the 6 of 6 correct selections and was a $48 ticket that was wagered through Royal River Racing. The winning ticket singled Goldikova and Conduit.

The first Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic-Breeders’ Cup Classic special double of Life is Sweet and Zenyatta generated a handle $403,316, and returned $92.60. The consolation payout with Quality Road paid 18.40.

A total of $117,559 was wagering on the new Breeders’ Cup Jockey Bet. The Field entry, #14 was the winning wager, and paid $5.60