Breeders’ Cup two-day handle establishes record

By: Tom LaMarra

Posted: Nov. 4, 2019

Total common-pool pari-mutuel handle for the Nov. 1-2 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park reached $174,000,574, the highest since the event moved to two days in 2007.

This year’s wagering number was 0.82% higher than the previous mark of $173,857,697 established at Churchill Downs in 2010. Total handle for the 10-race Friday program was a record $56,517,228—the previous high was $54,889,388 in 2010—while the 12-race Saturday card generated wagering of $117,483,346.

The two-day total was 10.5% higher than the $157,445,842 wagered on Breeders’ Cup 2018 at Churchill Downs.

Attendance was reported at 41,243 for Nov. 1 and 67,811 for Nov. 2.

Santa Anita has now held the Breeders’ Cup a record 10 times. The event moves to Keeneland in 2020 and Del Mar in 2021. Host sites beyond 2021 have not be announced.

(Breeders’ Cup photo courtesy of Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sports Wire/Carlos Cato)