Breeder’s Cup Posts Record Crowds

A crowd of 45,673, the largest for a Breeders’ Cup Friday, was on hand to witness a scintillating performance by champion mare Beholder and 3-year-old filly Songbird in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on the first day of the 33nd Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park.

The Friday attendance was a 23% increase over Friday at Santa Anita in 2014 and a 1 percent increase over Friday at Keeneland last year.

Total handle for Friday’s 10-race card was $50,935,934, a 13% increase over the 2015 non-separate pool handle figure of $44,949,165. Total handle for the four Breeders’ Cup races was $30,267,692.

“Racing fans today saw a truly remarkable, championship performance by one of the legends of our sport in a classic renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff,” Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel said. “We want to thank our hosts at Santa Anita and congratulate the connections of Beholder and all of today’s winners. We look forward to tomorrow.”

2016 Friday Total handle – $50,935,934

2016 Friday On-track handle – $7,178,966

Friday attendance history:

2015, Keeneland – 44,497
2014, Santa Anita – 37,205
2013, Santa Anita – 35,633
2012, Santa Anita – 34,619
2011, Churchill Downs – 40,677
2010, Churchill Downs – 41,614
2009, Santa Anita – 37,651
2008, Santa Anita – 31,257
2007, Monmouth Park – 27,803

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