Belmont Stakes Day generates record handle for non-Triple Crown year
by Pat McKenna
Saturday's blockbuster Belmont Stakes Day card, highlighted by Arcangelo’s victory in the 155th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, generated all-sources handle of $118,283,455, which is a NYRA record for a non-Triple Crown year.
The 2023 all-sources handle figure is an increase of more than five percent over the previous non-Triple Crown record of $112,725,278, which was set in 2021.
On-track handle for the 13-race Belmont Stakes Day card, which included six Grade 1 races among nine total stakes, was $10,657,332.
All-sources handle for the Belmont Stakes, which was carded as Race 12 was $56,533,820.
Following the construction of UBS Arena, and prior to the renovation of Belmont Park set to begin in 2024, capacity at the facility is 50,000.
Paid attendance on Saturday was 48,089.
The Belmont Park spring/summer meet continues through Sunday, July 9. For additional information, visit NYRA.com.