|Contact: Peggy Hendershot, NTRA (859) 422-2648
Rhonda Norby, Equibase (859) 224-2856
UNITED STATES PARI-MUTUEL WAGERING AND PURSES UP FOR FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2002
Statistics from New, Quarterly Report by Equibase Company, “Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators”
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Equibase Company LLC today unveiled a new, quarterly industry report from Equibase, “Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators,” that covers total wagering in the United States and Canada on U.S. races, purses and race days with prior-year comparisons. Through the first three quarters of 2002, wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred racing increased 4.17 percent, to $11,599,370,156, over the comparable period ended Sept. 30, 2001; total Thoroughbred purses increased 1.11 percent to $808,921,460. Total racing days for the period increased slightly, from 5,073 to 5,082.
“The wagering numbers compare favorably with last year’s and are consistent with other recent signs of progress for the sport and industry, including the growth of account wagering in California, successful race meetings at most tracks, a surge of interest in the spring and summer due to the exciting VISA Triple Crown as well as increases in television ratings,” said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. “Purse increases sometimes lag behind wagering growth,” Smith added. “We hope that number is closer to the total wagering growth figure by the end of the year.”
“As the Thoroughbred industry’s Official database for racing information, we are pleased to work with the NTRA to produce and distribute this report on a regular and timely basis,” said John C. Ertmann, president and COO of Equibase Company. “This new report from Equibase will help us monitor our industry’s bellwether statistics and augments our research in the areas of fan interest, television ratings and consumer attitudes toward racing,” said Keith Chamblin, NTRA senior vice president – marketing and industry relations. “We look forward to receiving this information from Equibase on a regular basis and will analyze the numbers and share them with the industry as they become available.”
Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators
The five-year average annual increase in wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred racing is 3.2 percent. Total pari-mutuel wagering has increased annually since 1994.
Equibase Company is a partnership between The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America (TRA) and serves as the Thoroughbred industry’s Official database for racing information and statistics. Through its Web site, equibase.com, the Company offers an ever-increasing menu of racing information, statistics and handicapping products for everyone from the casual fan to the most experienced handicapper.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders’ Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com.
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