Press Release


January 16, 2007


Contact: Eric Wing, NTRA (212) 230-9511 Rhonda Norby, Equibase (859) 224-2856

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Equibase Company LLC today released the year-end “Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators” for pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred racing in 2006, as well as for U.S. purses and race days, with prior-year comparisons.

Despite slightly fewer race days in 2006 compared to 2005, total wagering on U.S. racing increased 1.51% in 2006 and U.S. purses increased 3.30% over 2005 levels. Results in 2006 were buoyed by a strong month of December that saw wagering increase nearly six percent over the corresponding period in 2005 thanks in part to strong gains at Hollywood Park and the return of racing to Fair Grounds.

For the fourth quarter of 2006, total wagering showed a year-over-year increase of 2.69% and purses rose 5.88% with race days remaining virtually flat.

Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators (2006 versus 2005)
Indicator 2006 2005 % Change
Wagering on U.S. Races* $14,780,450,552 $14,561,295,128 +1.51
U.S. Purses $1,116,423,912 $1,080,800,587 +3.30
U.S. Race Days 6,219 6,274 -0.88
Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators (fourth qtr. 2006 vs. fourth qtr. 2005)
Indicator 4Q 2006 4Q 2005 % Change
Wagering on U.S. Races* $3,342,277,329 $3,254,675,968 +2.69
U.S. Purses $275,342,054 $260,051,808 +5.88
U.S. Race Days 1,330 1,338 -0.60

*Includes worldwide commingled wagering on U.S. races and separate pool wagering in Canada on U.S. races.

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