Attendance at Keeneland's fall meet that ended Saturday fell just short of last year's record attendance, but betting did not keep pace, according to figures released Monday.
On-track wagering was off 7.9 percent, and all wagering was off 17.3 percent, according to a Keeneland news release.
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On-track wagering, which includes imported simulcasts, totaled $25,222,597, down 7.9 percent from last year's total of $27,396,664. The average was $1,483,682 compared to last fall's $1,611,568.
All-sources wagering (including on-track and off-track handle and whole-card simulcasting conducted at Keeneland) totaled $115,644,774, a decrease of 17.3 percent from $139,816,831 during the 2007 fall meeting. Average daily all-sources handle was $6,802,634 compared to last year's $8,224,519.
Keeneland recorded attendance of 239,117 for the fall meet that ran from Oct. 3-25. That was the second-largest fall meet attendance in Keeneland history behind last year's record 239,296. Average daily attendance of 14,066 was only 10 fewer than the 14,076 reported in 2007. A fall meet Friday record crowd of 22,052 was set on College Scholarship Day on Oct. 10, and the meet's single-day high of 24,241 was reported on Saturday, Oct. 18.