By Dick Downey
Handle on several fronts was the second highest in history for the Belmont Stakes and supporting card. Although American Pharaoh was making another bid at the Triple Crown, wagering fell short of the mark set in 2014.
All-sources handle was $134,839,391 on the 13-race card, with on track wagering more than $16.8 million, also the second-highest in history.
Total handle on the Belmont Stakes itself was the second-highest in history as well, $81,681,147. More than $6.6 million was wagered at Belmont Park with off-track betting totaling $75 million.
Last year, when California Chrome tried to win the Belmont, all-sources handle was more than $151 million, and on-track handle was more than $19 million. Total handle on the "Test of the Champion" itself was $90 million, also a record.