Keeneland fall meet set attendance, betting records

jpatton1@herald-leader.comOctober 29, 2013 

Victoria Anderson and Meredith Kielarowski enjoyed ice cream outside the paddock on the sunny opening day of Keeneland's fall meet.

MARK CORNELISON — Herald-Leader Buy Photo

Keeneland ended its race meet Saturday with records in fall attendance and in all-sources betting.

Attendance was up for the fourth consecutive race meet, with total on-track attendance of 266,466, up 2.6 percent over 2012's fall meet record of 259,710. Average daily attendance was 15,674, up 2.6 percent over last year.

Attendance of 32,717 on Oct. 12, a Saturday, set a single-day fall meet record, eclipsing the previous record of 28,880 set on Oct. 7, 2006, also the date of a University of Alabama football game.

All-sources wagering on Keeneland's fall meet, including wagering at Keeneland on imported simulcast signals, was a fall meet record $142,999,271, up 1.47 percent compared with the previous record of $140,931,575 set in the fall of 2012. Average daily all-sources handle of $8,411,722 also rose 1.47 percent over last fall's $8,290,093. On-track handle of $18,173,355 increased slightly over $18,160,018 in 2012.

Races averaged 9.85 starters per race, helping to drive gains in handle during the fall.

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