U.S. Thoroughbred wagering down for December, flat for year

Bad weather apparently took a toll on horse racing in December, with wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred races dipping 10.51 percent compared with December 2012. About $706.7 million was wagered for the month.

The number of racing days was down by 12, or 3.58 percent for the month, to 323 days. Purses for the month were down 6.95 percent, to $66.5 million.

The end-of-year slump kept wagering for the year flat at almost $10.9 billion, according to Equibase, which released monthly and yearly figures Monday. For the year, purses were unchanged at $1.12 billion; the number of race days was down 3.15 percent to 5,143.