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Handle, Purses Decline at Churchill September Meet

Statistics released Monday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission showed a 16.15 percent decline in wagering for the recently concluded September race meet at Churchill Downs as compared to 2013.

According to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal, wagering for the 12-day meet totaled $38.81 million, down from $46.29 million last year. Average field size was 7.7 horses, compared with 8.07 in 2013.

Churchill officials cited “difficulty in attracting fields because of regional competition” as part of the reason for the decline. Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., ran several days in September also.

“The starters per race was down this year, which is a result of the declining foal crops and increased competition for available horses from other tracks in our region and beyond,” track President Kevin Flanery said in a statement.

“The positive news is that the Louisville market is becoming more aware of our September Meet and the possibilities it holds for Kentucky horsemen during a beautiful time of year. We look forward to working with the racing commission and the horsemen to address the issue of field sizes so that we can continue to provide this promising product.”

Read more in the Louisville Courier-Journal

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