Aqueduct winter meet generates $358.8M in handle

April 1, 2022

Average daily handle up 28+ percent since 2019

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that the 2021-22 Aqueduct winter meet, which ran from December 9, 2021, through March 27, 2022, generated all-sources handle of $358,836,940, a 2.5 percent increase over the 2020-21 winter meet. 

That figure was achieved despite running four fewer race days than 2020-21. Originally scheduled to be held over 56 days, NYRA was forced to cancel six race days during the 2021-22 winter meet due to adverse weather conditions. As a result, the winter meet was contested over 50 live race days.

Average daily handle for the 2021-22 winter meet was $7,176,739, a 10.7 percent increase over 2020-21. Since 2018-2019, average daily handle at the Aqueduct winter meet has risen 28.3 percent. 

On-track handle, which includes wagering from New York residents utilizing NYRA Bets, was $35,667,627, a 43.3 percent increase over the 2020-21 meet, which was held without on-track spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Average field size over the 438 races was 7.38, which compares with 7.25 for the 2020-21 winter meet. 

Highlighted by the Grade 2 Wood Memorial Presented by Resorts World Casino on April 9, the 15-day Aqueduct spring meet kicks off Thursday and runs through April 24. Live racing will be conducted Thursday-Sunday featuring a first post of 1:20 p.m. on most days.

America’s Day at the Races will present daily coverage and analysis of the spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack on the networks of FOX Sports. For the complete broadcast schedule, visit

NYRA Bets is the official wagering platform of Aqueduct Racetrack, and the best way to bet every race of the spring meet. Available to horseplayers nationwide, the NYRA Bets app is available for download today on iOS and Android at

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