By Dick Downey
Saturday's Belmont Stakes Day card generated all-sources handle of $102,163,280, a decrease of $35,791,615 from 2018, when the figure was $137,954,895 and a Triple Crown sweep was on the line. The decline was 26 percent year over year.
Saturday's total was a record for a non-Triple Crown year, an increase of 2.8 percent over the previous record for a non-Triple Crown year set in 2016. It was a 9.1 percent increase over 2017, when handle dipped to $93,666,837 from the 2016 total of $99,419,099.
In 2015, when the first Triple Crown in 37 years was won, all-sources handle was $135,790,321.
On-track handle for the 13-race Belmont Stakes Day card, which included eight grade I races among 10 total stakes, was $11,852,506. All-sources handle on the 151st Belmont Stakes was $53,237,527
All-sources handle for the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which featured 18 stakes and 33 races in total from Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8, was $131,858,886, less than the one-day total last year on Belmont Stakes day.
For the second time in its history, the 2019 Belmont Stakes offered separate pool wagering in Japan. The total for this non-commingled pool, which is not included in the all-sources number, was $4,362,972.
Announced attendance on Belmont Stakes Day was 56,217.