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2000 BREEDERS' CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WAGERING SETS NEW SINGLE DAY RECORD, SURPASSES $108 MILLION
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Total wagering on the 10-race program from the November 4 Breeders' Cup Championship at Churchill Downs and at simulcast outlets established an all-time North American single day record of $108,598,136. This is an eight percent handle increase from the previous Breeders' Cup Championship day high of $100,336,230, set last year.
For the first time, total wagering on just the eight Breeders' Cup Championship races broke the $100 million barrier, as $101,283,427 was bet at Churchill Downs and simulcast outlets. This mark is a five percent increase over the 1999 Breeders' Cup Championship-only wagering mark of $96,485,255.
"We are extremely pleased that our consistent growth on the wagering front continued for the fifth straight year, to over $108 million in 2000 from just $65 million in 1995," said Breeders' Cup President D.G. Van Clief, Jr. "The record handle reflects the strength of the individual races, the depth and quality of our fields and the outstanding wagering value found in every race. We thank the hundreds of thousands of racing fans who turned out at locations throughout North America and around the world to participate and support Racing's Greatest Day."
Taking the simulcast wagering alone, wagering on the eight Breeders' Cup Championship races set a new North American single day record of $95,018,338, a 10.1 percent increase over last year's simulcast record of $85,419,282. Among the North American simulcast outlets, the state of California led all jurisdictions with $13,513,143 wagered on the Championship races and the Ultra Pick 6. California was followed by New York and its outlets, which wagered $12,671,206; Nevada with $6,185,207, Pennsylvania with $6,125,409, Illinois with $5,472,171 and Florida with $5,150,525.
International handle on the Breeders' Cup Championship, including Canadian money, also established new marks, as $6,705,778 was wagered around the world. Canada was again the leading country at $4,240,346 followed by France with $1,538,715. Other totals include Italy with $379,090; Sweden with $13,858; Puerto Rico at $299,088 and Panama with $53,395.
The Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 pool was $5,123,453, again achieving the $5 million minimum guarantee. There were 68 winning Ultra Pick 6 tickets worth $45,772 each.
At Churchill Downs and the nearby Sports Spectrum, a crowd of 76,043 wagered $14,363,349 on the 10-race program, fourth-highest on-track handle total in Breeders' Cup history.
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