As reported by Greg Hall, Churchill Downs fall handle, like that in the September and spring meets, was down by double digits.
"Betting on Churchill Downs' fall meet that ended Sunday fell 15.68
percent per day, according to statistics released Tuesday by the
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.The declines mean all three of this year's meets saw double-digit drops in wagering"
Earlier this year, mainly in the turf press, field size was blamed for most of Churchill's handle woes. This most recent 15.68% average handle drop was accompanied by a relatively minor 2.8% drop in field size to 8.56 (about 0.2 horses per race).
You told us in a survey in April, when Churchill raised the takeout, that you were upset and planning not to play their track any longer. It appears a lot of you followed through. With national handles down about 2%, there is no other way to describe Churchill's 2014 handle other than pure decimation.
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