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BREEDERS' CUP A CLASSIC: RATINGS UP, SET ATTENDANCE RECORD

          Saturday's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs attracted a
     record crowd of 80,452, eclipsing the previous record of
     71,671 set when the event was held at the same track in '94
     (Mult., 11/8).  For the overnight ratings, see (#27). 
          WAGERING: On-track wagering for the 10-race card was
     $13,390,497, while the handle for the seven Breeders' Cup
     races $11,239,447 (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 11/8).  Total
     wagering from all simulcast outlets on all 10 races was
     $91,449,116, an 11% increase over the previous North
     American record of $82.6M set in '93 (CHICAGO TRIBUNE,
     11/8).  Churchill Downs has averaged 72,391 for the four
     times it has held the event, compared to the 51,602 average
     attendance at the events' other sites.  In N.Y., Bill Mooney
     of the N.Y. TIMES reports that Churchill Downs Chair William
     Farish "supports" the series' concept of rotating venues. 
     While recently opened Lone Star Park in TX "wants to be in
     the mix," several "major" tracks, such as MD's Pimlico and
     IL's Arlington have "never expressed interest" in hosting
     the event (N.Y. TIMES, 11/8).  The event will be held at
     FL's Gulfstream Park on November 6 next year.  The track,
     which holds its meet from January to mid-March, will open
     for three days in November, as it did when hosting the event
     in '89 and '92 (MIAMI HERALD, 11/8). 

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