Belmont Man o’War Card Soars over 50%

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Saturday’s stakes-packed card at Belmont Park, highlighted by Hi Happy’s victory in the 60th running of the Grade 1, $700,000 Man o’ War, generated all-sources handle of $15,642,446, a 50.6% increase over 2017. The 11-race card, which included 4 graded stakes and 5 total stakes, had an average field size of 7.82, a 7.6 percent increase over 2017.

Despite cool temperatures and intermittent rain throughout the day, on-track handle was $1,812,370, a 48.1 percent increase over 2017.

 2018 Man o’ War Day
  • May 12, 2018
  • Races: 11
  • Stakes: 5
  • All-sources handle on NYRA races: $15,642,446
  • On-track handle on NYRA races: $1,812,370

2017 Man o’ War Day

  • May 13, 2017
  • Races: 11
  • Stakes: 4
  • All-sources handle on NYRA races: $10,384,063
  • On-track handle on NYRA races: $1,223,589

Source: Press Release

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