Thoroughbred Racing TrendsBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · March 29, 2011
Wagering, purses, and number of days of live Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. declined in 2010 for the third year in a row according to figures released by Equibase. Wagering dropped more than 7% from $10.6 billion to $9.8 billion. Purses fell from $931 million to $875 million, a decrease of 6%. U.S. race days slipped from 5190 to 4784 for an 8% loss.
In the nine states and one province producing the most live Thoroughbred foals in North America, only Pennsylvania increased its total for 2010 while numbers fell in Kentucky, Florida, California, Louisiana, New York, Texas, Ontario, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.