Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators

Jockey Club Note: As a service to the industry and in consideration of the economic changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Equibase is currently providing monthly reporting of its Economic Indicators Advisories. The Advisory is typically disseminated on a quarterly basis to provide key metrics used to measure racing’s performance throughout the year.

October 2020 vs. October 2019
IndicatorOctober 2020October 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$929,063,211$776,071,164+19.71%
U.S. Purses$90,845,317$91,981,753-1.24%
U.S. Race Days340334+1.80%
U.S. Races2,8522,754+3.56%
U.S. Starts22,41022,176+1.06%
Average Field Size7.868.05-2.42%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$2,732,539$2,323,566+17.60%
Average Purses Per Race Day$267,192$275,394-2.98%
YTD 2020 vs. YTD 2019
IndicatorYTD 2020YTD 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$9,277,878,319$9,370,253,183-0.99%
U.S. Purses$720,074,376$985,849,122-26.96%
U.S. Race Days2,8493,849-25.98%
U.S. Races23,74731,308-24.15%
U.S. Starts186,886233,153-19.84%
Average Field Size7.877.45+5.68%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,256,539$2,434,464+33.77%
Average Purses Per Race Day$252,746$256,131-1.32%

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

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