Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators February 2021

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

 February 2021 vs. February 2020
IndicatorFebruary 2021February 2020% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$840,059,258$901,272,610-6.79%
U.S. Purses  $62,100,791  $77,336,485-19.70%
U.S. Race Days              219296-26.01%
U.S. Races1,9282,477-22.16%
U.S. Starts14,88019,362-23.15%
Average Field Size7.727.82-1.26%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,835,887$3,044,840+25.98%
Average Purses Per Race Day  $283,565   $261,272+8.53%
YTD 2021 vs. YTD 2020
IndicatorYTD 2021YTD 2020% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$1,799,973,370$1,776,919,630+1.30%
U.S. Purses$133,200,888$149,453,215-10.87%
U.S. Race Days474579-18.13%
U.S. Races4,1394,829-14.29%
U.S. Starts32,75938,054-13.91%
Average Field Size7.917.88+0.44%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,797,412$3,068,946+23.74%
Average Purses Per Race Day$281,015$258,123+8.87%

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

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