More than $76 Million Bet on Belmont Park’s Opening Week

By David Grening

Courtesy Daily Racing Form

ELMONT, N.Y. – Total all-sources handle for Belmont Park during its opening five-day week was $76,264,891, according to figures provided by the New York Racing Association.

That included $22,909,717 wagered on Saturday’s 11-race card, despite a two-hour-plus period when NYRABets, the company’s advance-deposit wagering platform, was not working, though bets could still be taken via the app.

The June 3 opening-day card handled $10,972,254, which was a record for a Belmont spring/summer meet opening card. That card marked the first day of racing on this circuit since March 15, after which racing was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though Belmont raced five days last week, it will race four days (Thursdays through Sundays) through July 12. Racing will move to Saratoga beginning July 16 for its regularly scheduled 40-day stand through Labor Day (Sept. 7).

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