Toga 22′ By The Numbers

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced that the all-sources wagering handle during the 2022 summer meet at Saratoga surged to a record $878,211,963.

That WOW number eclipsed the previous record of $815,508,063, established last year, by 7.7 percent.

The record setting 40-day meet generated average daily handle of $21,955,299, which is also the highest such figure in the history of Saratoga.

On-track handle, which includes New York residents wagering via NYRA Bets, was $152,274,728, or 10.5 percent higher than the $137,765,882 wagered on-track in 2021.  

Paid attendance in 2022 was 1,075,586, which is the seventh consecutive season with paid attendance north of 1 million.

Average daily attendance this year was 26,890.

This summer featured 417 races, including 218 on dirt and 199 on the turf.

Inclement weather forced 16 races off the turf- by comparison last season had 45 races taken off the turf.

Average field size for 2022 was 7.8.

Travers Day generated a record-setting all-sources handle of $55,559,315 as 49,762 paying customers watched EPICENTER Win the 153rd running of Saratoga’s signature race.

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez secured his record-extending 1,000th career Win at Saratoga Race Course when he guided PRECURSORY to Victory for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott on August 25th.

Jockey Joel Rosario set a Saratoga record for most Graded Stakes Victories in a single meet with 12, including his Win in the $1.25 million dollar Travers aboard EPICENTER.

JACKIE’S WARRIOR became the first horse to Win a Grade 1 stakes three years in a row at Saratoga with his Victory in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap on July 30th. His trifecta included Wins in the 2021 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial and the 2020 edition of the Hopeful.

The Wilson Chute made its return to Saratoga Race Course after being dismantled 50 years ago. NYRA reconstructed the historic chute to allow for one-mile races to be contested on the main track.

The Saratoga Race Course reopens on July 13th, 2023.

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