Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators

For November 2020

Editor’s Note: As a service to the industry and in consideration of the economic changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Equibase is 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.

November 2020 vs. November 2019
IndicatorNovember 2020November 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$895,325,220$955,843,009-6.33%
U.S. Purses$92,058,080$115,756,315-20.47%
U.S. Race Days224324-30.86%
U.S. Races1,9452,730-28.75%
U.S. Starts16,23621,839-25.66%
Average Field Size8.358.00+4.35%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,996,988$2,950,133+35.49%
Average Purses Per Race Day$410,974$357,273+15.03%
YTD 2020 vs. YTD 2019
IndicatorYTD 2020YTD 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$10,173,203,539$10,326,096,192-1.48%
U.S. Purses$812,146,506$1,101,605,086-26.28%
U.S. Race Days3,0734,173-26.36%
U.S. Races25,69234,038-24.52%
U.S. Starts203,122254,992-20.34%
Average Field Size7.917.49+5.54%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,310,512$2,474,502+33.78%
Average Purses Per Race Day$264,285$263,984+0.11%

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

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