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By Press Release — All-sources handle for the 10-race program of the first day of the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park was $56,517,228, a record for Breeders’ Cup Friday and a 5.4% increase over last year’s 10-race Breeders’ Cup Future Stars Friday card at Churchill Downs.

The Future Stars Friday card featured five Breeders’ Cup races for 2-year-old horses, the second consecutive year of grouping all of the juvenile races on the same day since the event expanded to its current two-day format in 2007.

Friday’s attendance was 41,243 and Friday’s on-track handle for the 10-race card was $6,340,351.

Breeders’ Cup Friday attendance and handle history:

2018, Churchill Downs – 42,249; $53,636,272

2017, Del Mar — 32,728; $52,273,883

2016, Santa Anita — 45,673; $49,651,600

2015, Keeneland – 44,497; $46,251,965

2014, Santa Anita – 37,205; $47,666,982

2013, Santa Anita – 35,633; $52,594,370

2012, Santa Anita – 34,619; $48,997,009

2011, Churchill Downs – 40,677; $52,095,202

2010, Churchill Downs – 41,614; $54,889,388

2009, Santa Anita – 37,651; $50,662,945

2008, Santa Anita – 31,257; $49,473,304

2007, Monmouth Park – 27,803; $31,499,007

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