Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators

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

 March 2021 vs. March 2020
IndicatorMarch 2021March 2020% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$965,796,545$731,609,777+32.01%
U.S. Purses$81,797,768$55,774,436+46.66%
U.S. Race Days292214+36.45%
U.S. Races2,5631,787+43.42%
U.S. Starts19,45213,919+39.75%
Average Field Size7.597.79-2.56%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,307,522$3,418,737-3.25%
Average Purses Per Race Day$280,129$260,628+7.48%
1st QTR 2021 vs. 1st QTR 2020
Indicator1st QTR 20211st QTR 2020% Change
Wagering on U.S. Races*$2,766,096,277$2,508,529,406+10.27%
U.S. Purses$214,998,406$205,227,651+4.76%
U.S. Race Days766793-3.40%
U.S. Races6,7026,616+1.30%
U.S. Starts52,21151,973+0.46%
Average Field Size7.797.86-0.83%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,611,092$3,163,341+14.15%
Average Purses Per Race Day$280,677$258,799+8.45%

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

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