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The Breeders’ Cup announced common pool wagering totals and on-track attendance figures Nov.
4 for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships,
which took place at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1-2.
Total handle for the two-day event was
$174,000,574, the highest since Breeders’ Cup began
its current two-day format in 2007.

Total common pool handle on Friday’s 10-race program was $56,517,228,
and the total handle on Saturday’s 12-race program
was $117,483,346. This year’s handle was up 10.5%
from the 2018 Breeders’ Cup held at Churchill Downs.
Both 2018 and 2019 programs included 14 Breeders’
Cup races, with all five juvenile races held Friday.

Saturday’s on-track attendance at Santa Anita
was 67,811, completing a two-day attendance total of
109,054, the fourth-highest since beginning the twoday
format. A total of 41,243 attended Friday. The total
attendance for last year’s Breeders’ Cup was 112,667,
3.2% higher than 2019.

This year was a record 10th time the Breeders’ Cup
was held at Santa Anita Park. The 2020 Breeders’ Cup
will be held at Keeneland and the 2021 event at Del

“Breeders’ Cup would like to thank the staff and
management at Santa Anita Park and The Stronach
Group for their hard work and support of the 2019
World Championships,” said Breeders’ Cup chairman
Fred Hertrich III, “along with Arcadia, Pasadena,
and the surrounding communities, our loyal fans
around the world and, especially, the owners, breeders
and nominators who make our event possible.

Last, but certainly not least, Breeders’ Cup would like to
recognize our equine athletes, the horsemen and
women, grooms, jockeys, trainers, veterinary teams,
security personnel, and all volunteers for their tireless
efforts and dedication to our event.”

Attendance and Common Pool Handle

2018 Churchill Downs 112,667 $157,445,842
2017 Del Mar 70,420 $166,077,486
2016 Santa Anita Park 118,484 $156,861,811
2015 Keeneland 94,652 $149,869,035
2014 Santa Anita Park 98,319 $151,158,813
2013 Santa Anita Park 94,628 $160,704,877
2012 Santa Anita Park 89,742 $144,272,332
2011 Churchill Downs 105,820 $161,512,867
2010 Churchill Downs 114,353 $173,857,697
2009 Santa Anita Park 96,496 $153,271,176
2008 Santa Anita Park 86,588 $155,740,328
2007 Monmouth Park 69,584 $129,197,262

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