||Early Numbers Strong for Saturday's Breeders'
Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park
to early reports, the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie on Saturday, October 30 was a big success
- both in terms of feedback by participants and wagering and attendance
Preliminary all-sources handle on the 12-race Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred
Championships card held Saturday at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas,
was $119,467,321. This figure is just short of the Breeders’ Cup
record of $120,631,437 from last year’s card at Santa Anita Park,
and it does not yet include wagering outside the United States and Canada.
Total on-track handle for the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred
Championships races was $11,901,700. Total on-track handle for the 12
races at Lone Star Park was $13,326,726.
A total of $4,566,837 was wagered on the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6,
an increase from last year's total pool of $4,489,454. No one successfully
picked 6 of 6. However, there were 61 tickets with 5 of 6 correct for
a payout of $56,149.
There were two live tickets going into the final leg, the Breeders' Cup
Classic - Powered by Dodge. One ticket contained Roses in May, who finished
second and Pleasantly Perfect, who finished third. Had either of those
horses won the Classic, the individual would have received $3.4 million.
The on-track attendance was 53,717, highest for a Breeders’ Cup
card since 76,043 attended the event in 2000 at Churchill Downs.
Moreover, participating owners, trainers and jockeys - many of whom had
never visited Lone Star Park previously - had uniformly positive things
about the hospitality they received, the good time they had, and track