LEXINGTON, KY (October 27, 2012) – Keeneland concluded its 2012 Fall race meeting Saturday with strong gains in all-sources handle and a Fall Meet attendance record while featuring outstanding Thoroughbred racing.
The 17-day season kicked off with Fall Stars Weekend, which showcased a number of Breeders’ Cup contenders, including Horse of the Year candidate Wise Dan, winner of the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on October 6.
Buoyed by large field sizes and quality racing, all-sources wagering on Keeneland totaled $137,981,281, an increase of 7.35 percent compared to $128,533,933 in 2011.
Keeneland set a record for Fall Meet attendance with 259,710, for an average of 15,277 per day. The previous Fall Meet record was set last year during Keeneland’s 75th Anniversary celebration that drew 250,163 for 17 days of racing.
Saturday, October 13, which featured the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), welcomed a near-record Fall crowd of 28,337. The current single-day record in the Fall is 28,880 set on October 7, 2006. Weekdays this October continue to show increased strength with Wednesdays and Thursdays averaging just shy of 10,000 people per day.
“This was a strong meeting from many aspects – especially wagering, attendance, and quality of racing,” said Bill Thomason, in his first race meet as Keeneland President and CEO. “We gave our horsemen and our fans 17 terrific days of racing, and I continue to be proud of our team and the product we put out there for them to enjoy. I am already looking forward to the Spring meeting.”