Keeneland's 2010 fall meeting broke from the gate strong with increases in on-track attendance and wagering, and more than 30 potential Breeders' Cup World Championships starters raced during the first eight days of the 17-day meeting that runs through October 30.
At the midpoint of the fall meet, on-track attendance is up 28 percent, totaling 124,870 compared to 97,837 in 2009. Attendance topped the 20,000 mark on the meeting's first two Saturdays, reaching 22,958 on FallStars Saturday, Oct. 9, and 23,659 on Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Day on Oct. 16.
Total on-track handle of $11,624,608 increased 10 percent over last year's total of $10,601,248 for the same period. Betting from all sources is virtually even with 2009, totaling $64,902,124 compared with $65,026,448 last year.
"It's been a classic Keene-land fall meet so far — great crowds, some of the nation's top horses and riders and a stretch of mild, sunny days," said Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson.