Weather Causes Drop In January Economic Indicators

Aqueduct in the snow | Susie Raisher

Several days of cancelled races due to weather, especially along the East Coast, led to over a 10% dip in wagering from January compared to the same time last year according to statistics released by Equibase. Last month saw 217 race days with a total of 1,853 carded races and $779,860,113 wagered (-10.76%), down from 265 days, 2,280 races and $873,842,469 wagered in Jan. '23, leading to drops in purses paid (-14.94%) and totals starts (-17.36%). On the positive side, despite those cancellations, average wagering was up (+8.99%) as was average available purses per race day (+9.97%). Field size was also up on the month with the average race seeing 7.86 runners (+1.68%).

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