Press Release


October 10, 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 “Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators“ for United States and Canadian pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred racing during the third quarter of 2007, as well as for U.S. purses and race days, with prior-year, third-quarter comparisons.

Pari-mutuel handle increased 0.90% in year-over-year, third quarter comparisons. The increase was achieved despite a decline of 0.92% in race days over the same period. Total purses increased by a robust 6.11% during the corresponding time period, due in large part to the opening of Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa., during the third quarter.

“Thoroughbred racing’s key economic indicators are trending in the right direction, and we are particularly pleased, given the high relative cost of ownership, to see purses increasing as they are,” said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA. “As the pie gets larger, the ongoing challenge is to grow the business at a pace that produces real, sustained growth for the entire industry. An important step in this direction is to maximize handle—and racing's share of the revenue generated by that handle—through the reduction of leakage.”

Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators (third qtr. 2007 vs. third qtr. 2006)
Indicator 3Q 2007 3Q 2006 % Change
Wagering on U.S. Races $3,877,835,556 $3,843,260,014 +0.90
U.S. Purses $359,259,313 $337,856,672 +6.11
U.S. Race Days 1,941 1,959 -0.92

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