LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Churchill Downs says its average daily purses and horse fields were down slightly during its just-ended spring meet.
The Louisville track said Tuesday its effort to present a strong daily racing product was made more difficult by competition from tracks in other states where purses are padded by casino revenues.
Churchill says daily purses for its racing program during the spring meet averaged $549,759. That's down one percent from a year ago when the daily average was $555,242 during the spring meet.
The track drew an average of 7.7 horses per race during this year's spring meet, down slightly from a year ago.
This year's spring meet was highlighted by record attendance and betting for the Kentucky Derby. All-sources wagering on the Derby was up nearly 19 percent.
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