Equibase Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators

June 19, 2020

Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators
For April 2020

Editor’s Note: As a service to the industry and in consideration of the rapid economic changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Equibase will provide monthly reporting of its Economic Indicators beginning with this Advisory for April. The Advisory is typically disseminated on a quarterly basis to provide key metrics used to measure racing’s performance throughout the year.
April 2020 vs. April 2019

IndicatorApril 2020April 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S.Thoroughbred Races*$639,399,396$845,958,246-24.42%
U.S. Purses$17,494,400$85,910,830-79.64%
U.S. Race Days85311-72.67%
U.S. Races7462,612-71.44%
U.S. Starts6,81019,728-65.48%
Average Field Size9.137.55+20.86%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$7,522,346$2,720,123+176.54%
Average Purses Per Race Day$205,816$276,241-25.49%

YTD 2020 vs. YTD 2019

IndicatorYTD 2020YTD 2019% Change
Wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred Races$3,148,569,565$3,380,927,018-6.87%
U.S. Purses$222,722,051$313,030,470-28.85%
U.S. Race Days8781,155-23.98%
U.S. Races7,3629,902-25.65%
U.S. Starts58,78376,558-23.22%
Average Field Size7.987.73+3.27%
Average Wagering Per Race Day$3,586,070$2,927,210+22.51%
Average Purses Per Race Day$253,670$271,022-6.40%


* Includes worldwide commingled wagering on U.S. races.

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