This Week On The Business Side, Keeneland Fall Meet & Breeding Stock Sale
WUKY's Alan Lytle highlights another signature industry this week by talking with Bob Elliston, vice president of racing and sales at Keeneland. The track says it just completed one of its most successful fall meets in its history. The November Breeding Stock sale starts Tuesday.
Double-digit growth in attendance and handle for the 17-day Fall Meet, held Oct. 7-29, was fueled by full, top-quality fields that averaged 9.1 runners per race, popular special events, exciting wagering options and unseasonably warm, sunny fall weather.
On-track attendance of 276,543 exceeded last fall’s 240,709 by nearly 15 percent and surpassed the previous record of 266,466 set during the 2013 Fall Meet. Average daily attendance of 16,267 increased nearly 15 percent from 14,159 in 2015 and bested the 2013 Fall Meet record of 15,674.
2016 Fall Meet Figures at a Glance (Oct. 7-29)
| ||Fall 2016||Fall 2015||% Change|
|All-Sources Handle incl. wagering at Keeneland on imported simulcast signals||$136,024,267||$122,469,056||+11.07%|
|Avg. Daily All-Sources Handle incl. wagering at Keeneland on imported simulcast signals||$8,001,427||$7,204,062||+11.07%|
|Total On-Track Handle||$17,793,419||$15,813,986||+12.52%|
|Avg. Daily On-Track Handle||$1,046,672||$930,234||+12.52%|
|Avg. Daily Attendance||16,267||14,159||+14.89%|
Keeneland’s globally important November Breeding Stock Sale begins Tuesday, Nov. 8, featuring among the 4,762 horses cataloged a number of Grade 1 stakes-winning and stakes-producing fillies and mares, weanling siblings to champions and graded stakes winners, prominent horses of racing age and notable dispersals during its 13-day run through Sunday, Nov. 20.
Keeneland will provide live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the entire November Sale at Keeneland.com.