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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2003
PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Peggy Hendershot, NTRA (859) 422-2648
Rhonda Norby, Equibase (859) 224-2856

UNITED STATES PARI-MUTUEL HANDLE INCREASES 3.38 PERCENT OVER THIRD-QUARTER 2002


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Equibase Company LLC today released the third-quarter "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators" for United States and Canadian pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred racing in 2003, as well as for U.S. purses and race days, with prior-year comparisons.

Total wagering increased to $4,007,591,917, a growth of 3.38 percent over the same quarter last year. Third-quarter purses dipped 4.15 percent, to $306,800,417. Compared with third-quarter 2002, racing days declined slightly, with a total of 16 fewer days.

"The increase in pari-mutuel wagering during the last quarter can be attributed in part to the positive impact of the movie ‘Seabiscuit,’" said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "In the month after the film’s release, wagering increased 5.51 percent over the comparable period in 2002, with no additional racing days. Record-setting meets at tracks like Del Mar and Saratoga also helped fuel the growth we observed in August. Purses, while down against the comparable quarter of 2002, remain fairly constant for the year."

Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators (Third-Quarter 2003 versus 2002)

Indicator
2003
2002
% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races
$4,007,591,917
$3,876,436,808
+3.38
U.S. Purses
$306,800,417
$320,077,738
-4.15
U.S. Race Days
1,950
1,966
-0.81


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