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Attendance, Handle Both Increase at 2013 Breeders’ Cup

Total two-day common-pool handle for the Friday and Saturday race cards of the 30th Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park was $160,704,877, representing an 11 percent increase over 2012 figure of $144,272,332, Breeders' Cup announced today.

Wagering on Saturday's 12-race Breeders' Cup card was $109,183,731, up 13 percent from the 2012 handle of $96,685,567.  The on-track handle for the two days at Santa Anita was $21,043,110, a 2 percent increase over the $20,680,143, total for the 2012 event at the iconic Southern California racetrack.

A crowd of 58,795 was on hand Saturday for the second day of the Breeders' Cup, bringing the two-day total attendance to 94,628, more than five percent more than the 2012 two-day attendance of 89,742.  Saturday's crowd was 6.6 percent more than the 2012 Saturday crowd of 55,123.

The two-day wagering total on the 14 Breeders' Cup World Championship race was $136,539,014, a seven percent increase over last year's 15 Breeders' Cup races total of $127,676,366.

“We enjoyed a spectacular two days of racing topped off by Mucho Macho Man's thrilling victory in the Classic before a prime time television audience and courageous repeat performances by Wise Dan in the Mile, Groupie Doll in the Filly & Mare Sprint, and Mizdirection in the Geico Turf Sprint,” said Breeders' Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel.  “We're thrilled with the crowd over both days, strong wagering levels and our gracious hosts here at Santa Anita, Arcadia and the greater Los Angeles area.”

Breeders' Cup Two-Day Attendance and Handle (common-pool) history:

2013, Santa Anita Park – 94,628; $160,704,877
2012, Santa Anita Park – 89,742; $144,272,332
2011, Churchill Downs – 105,820; $161,512,867
2010, Churchill Downs – 114,353; $173,857,697
2009, Santa Anita Park – 96,496; $153,271,176
2008, Santa Anita Park – 86,588; $155,740,328

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