Wagering totaled $192.6 million
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 12, 2016) — Attendance of 167,227 at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby was the second highest only to last year’s race, which drew 170,513.
Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program was the second highest in history, totaling $192.6 million and only 1 percent off the record set in 2015. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race was $124.7 million, down 10 percent from 2015’s record, impacted by 2-1 prohibitive favorite, Nyquist.
On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby Day program was up 2 percent to $23.5 million, just shy of the record $23.7 million in 2012. On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby race totaled $11.3 million, a decrease of 6 percent from 2015.
Churchill Downs returned $151.8 million to bettors on the Kentucky Derby Day program. Additionally, purses earned from the Kentucky Derby Day program approximated $10.7 million that will be paid out to horsemen during the remainder of the 2016 race meets.