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2020 HANDLE FLAT: $10.9B

Edited Equibase Release — Equibase has provided comparisons between 2019 and 2020 as a whole as well as comparisons between certain portions of 2019 and 2020. The average wagering per race day went up by 32.69% in 2020, which could be linked to more people participating in online wagering. As expected, there was on overall decline in U.S. races, race days, and starts due to a number of tracks having to shut down throughout the year due to COVID-19 safety measures.

“We thank both our customers and all of our essential participants on the backside and beyond for keeping the sport going and supporting the industry during what continues to be an unprecedented and challenging period, not only in the United States but around the world,” said NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop.

YTD 2020 vs. YTD 2019
IndicatorYTD 2020YTD 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$10,925,226,444$11,033,824,363-0.98%
U.S. Purses$869,774,080$1,167,920,667-25.53%
U.S. Race Days3,3024,425-25.38%
U.S. Races27,70036,207-23.50%
U.S. Starts220,006272,553-19.28%
Average Field Size7.947.53+5.51%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,308,669$2,493,520+32.69%
Average Purses Per Race Day$263,408$263,937-0.20%
1st Half 2020 vs. 1st Half 2019
Indicator1st Half 20201st Half 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$5,055,522,519$5,672,774,271-10.88%
U.S. Purses$324,168,648$544,002,132-40.41%
U.S. Race Days1,3012,104-38.17%
U.S. Races10,90617,457-37.53%
U.S. Starts88,074130,239-32.38%
Average Field Size8.087.46+8.25%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,885,874$2,696,185+44.12%
Average Purses Per Race Day$249,169$258,556-3.63%
2nd Half 2020 vs. 2nd Half 2019
Indicator2nd Half 20202nd Half 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$5,869,703,925$5,361,050,092+9.49%
U.S. Purses$545,605,432$623,918,535-12.55%
U.S. Race Days2,0012,321-13.79%
U.S. Races16,79418,750-10.43%
U.S. Starts131,932142,314-7.30%
Average Field Size7.867.59+3.50%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$2,933,385$2,309,802+27.00%
Average Purses Per Race Day$272,666$268,815+1.43%
4th QTR 2020 vs. 4th QTR 2019
Indicator4th QTR 20204th QTR 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$2,576,411,336$2,439,642,344+5.61%
U.S. Purses$240,537,331$274,053,649-12.23%
U.S. Race Days793910-12.86%
U.S. Races6,8057,653-11.08%
U.S. Starts55,53061,576-9.82%
Average Field Size8.168.05+1.42%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,248,942$2,680,926+21.19%
Average Purses Per Race Day$303,326$301,158+0.72%
December 2020 vs. December 2019
IndicatorDecember 2020December 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$751,865,995$707,728,171+6.24%
U.S. Purses$57,535,084$66,315,581-13.24%
U.S. Race Days229252-9.13%
U.S. Races2,0082,169-7.42%
U.S. Starts16,88417,561-3.86%
Average Field Size8.418.10+3.85%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,283,258$2,808,445+16.91%
Average Purses Per Race Day$251,245$263,157-4.53%

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

Charts Courtesy Equibase

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