Belmont’s Stars & Stripes Racing Festival Generates Record Handle

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Belmont's Stars & Stripes Racing Festival generates record handle

Photo: Chelsea Durand/NYRA

Saturday’s 11-race Stars & Stripes Racing Festival card, highlighted by an upset victory by Henley’s Joy in the 70th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational, generated all-sources handle of $25,766,176, the highest handle figure since the New York Racing Association launched the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival in 2014.

One of five graded stakes on the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival program, the Belmont Derby opened the Turf Trinity in NYRA’s new Turf Triple series, which offers $5.25 million in purse money for sophomores over three legs at Belmont and Saratoga Race Course.

In the $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1), Concrete Rose posted a 2 3/4-length win in capturing the first leg of the new Turf Tiara in the Turf Triple Series.

In addition to the Belmont Derby and Belmont Oaks, Saturday’s card included the $700,000 Suburban (G2), the $300,000 John A. Nerud (G2), formerly the Belmont Sprint Championship, and the $250,000 Dwyer (G3).

With a paid attendance of 15,937, Saturday’s on-track handle was $2,720,632.

Stars & Stripes Racing Festival Handle History (2014-2019)

2014 Saturday, July 5; Races: 10; All-sources: $18,829,264; On-track: $2,825,797 

2015 Saturday, July 4; Races: 11; All-sources: $20,652,065; On-track: $2,779,529 

2016 Saturday, July 9; Races: 11; All-sources: $22,980,094; On-track: $2,898,826 

2017 Saturday, July 8; Races: 11; All-sources: $22,341,423; On-track: $3,084,823 

2018 Saturday, July 7; Races: 11; All-sources: $24,612,465; On-track: $3,182,22 

2019 Saturday, July 6; Races: 11; All-sources: $25,766,176; On-track: $2,720,632

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