Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators

No surprises here, the restrictions required to cope with Covin-19 hasn’t helped.

For March/First Quarter 2020

March 2020 vs. March 2019
IndicatorMarch 2020March 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$731,702,397$945,087,433-22.58%
U.S. Purses$55,774,436$79,653,572-29.98%
U.S. Race Days214310-30.97%
U.S. Races1,7872,678-33.27%
U.S. Starts13,91920,427-31.86%
Average Field Size7.797.63+2.11%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,419,170$3,048,669+12.15%
Average Purses Per Race Day$260,628$256,947+1.43%
1st QTR 2020 vs. 1st QTR 2019
Indicator1st QTR 20201st QTR 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$2,509,170,169$2,534,968,772-1.02%
U.S. Purses$205,227,651$227,119,640-9.64%
U.S. Race Days793844-6.04%
U.S. Races6,6167,290-9.25%
U.S. Starts51,97356,830-8.55%
Average Field Size7.867.80+0.77%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,164,149$3,003,518+5.35%
Average Purses Per Race Day$258,799$269,099-3.83%

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

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