Press Release


Monday, July 19, 2004

Peggy Hendershot, NTRA (859) 422-2648
Rhonda Norby, Equibase (859) 224-2856

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Equibase Company LLC today released the second-quarter "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators" for United States and Canadian pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred racing in 2004, as well as for U.S. purses and race days, with prior-year comparisons.

Total wagering declined marginally and the number of racing days dropped for a second consecutive quarter. Compared with second-quarter 2003, a total of 28 fewer racing days were run during the same period in 2004. Purses, which showed a one percent drop in first-quarter 2004 over the prior year, rebounded strongly, showing a 2.86 percent increase over the comparable quarter in 2003.

"We're encouraged by the year-to-date figures, which show continued growth in handle and a 1.23 percent increase in purses despite an overall drop of more than two percent in the number of racing days," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith.

Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators (Second-Quarter 2004 versus 2003)
% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races
U.S. Purses
U.S. Race Days

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