SBD/Issue 84/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Thorough-red? NYRA's '03 Daily Average, Total Figures Down

NYRA’s Attendance And
Handle Hit The Skids In ‘03

The NYRA in '03 suffered declines in attendance and handle when compared with '02, according to David Grening of DAILY RACING FORM. NYRA Senior VP Bill Nader: "It was a difficult year for us in a number of ways. We saw the introduction of unlimited simulcasting to OTB in May, which certainly cut into statewide wagering on our product." Nader added that 11 cards were canceled because of weather in '03, compared with only four in '02. Below is a breakdown of the declines (DAILY RACING FORM, 1/20).

ALL-SOURCES HANDLE
'03
'02
+/- DIFF.
Daily Average
$10,953,180
$11,148,698
-1.8%
Total
$2,738,294,945
$2,854,065,170
-4.1%
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ATTENDANCE
'03
'02
+/- DIFF.
Daily Average
9,534
9,585
-0.5%
Total ^
2,383,559
n/a
-2.9%
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ON-TRACK HANDLE
'03
'02
+/- DIFF.
Daily Average ^^
$1,970,521
n/a
-4.4%
Total
$527,428,992
n/a
-6.6%
Daily Average (NYRA only)
$1,425,767
n/a
-5.9%
Total
$388,041,523
n/a
-8.1%

KEY: ^ = Six fewer racing days in '03. ^^ = includes simulcasts.

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