Belmont handle up but not record setting
June 12, 2018 3:00 AM
by Robert Mann
Although the wagering on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes Day card, highlighted by Justify’s Triple Crown accomplishment, topped the wagering when American Pharoah took home the Triple Crown in 2015, it fell short of the 2014 record set when Tonalist denied California Chrome the achievement.
The $137,954,895 wagered on Saturday’s 13-race card is the second-highest single-day handle total in New York Racing Association history, behind only the $151,109,373 wagered on the 2014 Belmont card. This year’s wagering total was up 1.6 percent from the $135,790,321 bet on the 2015 Belmont card, the most recent year the Triple Crown was on the line.
Track officials announced an attendance of 90,327 with on-track handle at $16,159,584. That total fell short of the two recent Belmonts when the Triple Crown was on the line.
All-sources handle for the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival was $168,975,295, up 35 percent from last year. All-sources wagering on the Belmont Stakes was $72,702,815 with on-track handle totaling $6,884,907.
The all-sources handle for the Belmont Day card fell short of both 2015 ($75 million) and 2014 ($83 million).