Handle Increase at Belmont Meet

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Catholic Boy | Sarah Andrew

Belmont Park’s spring/summer meet, which concluded Sunday, recorded a 9.1% increase in all-sources handle over 2017, according to figures released Monday by the New York Racing Association. All-sources handle for the 53-day meet was $634,276,776. Average daily handle was $11,967,486, an 11.1% increase over 2017.

The meet was highlighted by Justify (Scat Daddy)’s sweep of the Triple Crown in the June 9 GI Belmont S. All-sources handle for that card was $137,954,895, the second-highest one-day handle in NYRA history behind Belmont Stakes Day in 2014.

The July 7 Stars & Stripes Racing Festival, comprised of five graded stakes, generated all-sources handle of $24,612,465, the highest such handle figure since NYRA launched the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival in 2014.

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