Press Release

January 4, 2019
MEDIA ADVISORY

Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators
For Year-End 2018

Editor’s Note: For the fourth consecutive year, total wagering on U.S. races increased year over year and topped $11 billion for the first time since 2010.


YTD 2018 vs. YTD 2017
Indicator
YTD 2018
YTD 2017
% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*
$11,265,519,563
$10,906,103,251
+3.30%
U.S. Purses
$1,117,727,943
$1,079,738,209
+3.52%
U.S. Race Days
4,432
4,573
-3.08%
U.S. Races
36,586
37,628
-2.77%
U.S. Starts
279,774
290,745
-3.77%
Average Field Size
7.65
7.73
-1.03%
Average Wagering Per Race Day
$2,541,859
$2,384,890
+6.58%
Average Purses Per Race Day
$252,195
$236,112
+6.81%


4th QTR 2018 vs. 4th QTR 2017
Indicator
4th QTR 2018
4th QTR 2017
% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races
$2,422,227,759
$2,399,283,120
+0.96%
U.S. Purses
$268,535,841
$256,182,461
+4.82%
U.S. Race Days
936
952
-1.68%
U.S. Races
7,933
8,068
-1.67%
U.S. Starts
63,884
66,440
-3.85%
Average Field Size
8.05
8.24
-2.21%
Average Wagering Per Race Day
$2,587,850
$2,520,255
+2.68%
Average Purses Per Race Day
$286,897
$269,099
+6.61%

December 2018 vs. December 2017
Indicator
December 2018
December 2017
% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*
$777,535,111
$744,530,000
+4.43%
U.S. Purses
$70,029,061
$64,401,456
+8.74%
U.S. Race Days
292
275
+6.18%
U.S. Races
2,517
2,359
+6.70%
U.S. Starts
20,485
19,792
+3.50%
Average Field Size
8.14
8.39
-3.00%
Average Wagering Per Race Day
$2,662,791
$2,707,382
-1.65%
Average Purses Per Race Day
$239,826
$234,187
+2.41%


Notes:

* Includes worldwide commingled wagering on U.S. races.


Contact: Rhonda Norby, Marketing and Communications Director, (859) 224-2856


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