Tuesday, July 25, 2006Contact: Eric Wing, NTRA
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US betting remains stable in Q2

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Equibase Company LLC today released the “Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators“ for United States and Canadian pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred racing during the second quarter of 2006, as well as for U.S. purses and race days, with prior-year, second-quarter comparisons.

Pari-mutuel handle increased 0.56% during the second quarter of 2006 compared with the same period in 2005, and aggregate purses rose 3.64% in year-over-year, second-quarter comparisons.

“The second-quarter handle and purses statistics are solid—especially given the absence of the Derby and Preakness winners in this year’s Belmont Stakes field,” said Greg Avioli, interim CEO of NTRA/Breeders’ Cup. “The record wagering on this past quarter’s Kentucky Derby, along with the continuing upward trend in purse levels, provide cause for optimism as we head into the summer months.”

Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators (second qtr. 2006 vs. second qtr. 2005)

  • Wagering on U.S. Races: 2Q/2006 $4,013,729,721; 2Q/2005 $3,991,280,613; +0.56%
  • U.S. Purses: 2Q/2006 $303,962,900; 2Q/2005 $293,289,086; +3.64%
  • U.S. Race Days: 2Q/2006 1,776; 2Q/2005 1,766; +0.57%