With a steep plunge in betting in December, Thoroughbred horse racing closed out 2014 down from 2013 figures, according to figures released Monday by Equibase.
For the month, wagering on North American races fell 9 percent, to just more than $642.2 million. The number of races in December was down 11.58 percent, to 2,427, compared to 2,745 in 2013.
For the year, betting was down almost 3 percent, to $10.55 billion. That followed a drop in 2013, after a slight increase in 2012.
The total number of races in 2014 was down 4.31 percent, to 41,277 from 43,135 in 2013.