Saratoga racing season ends with 1 million-plus attendance


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — More than 1 million people passed through the turnstiles at Saratoga Race Course during the historic track’s 148th season of thoroughbred racing.

The 40-day meet at the Spa wrapped up Monday. The New York Racing Association says total attendance for the season topped 1.1 million, an increase of more than 5 percent over 2015.

The association says total handle from all sources, excluding international ones, was $647.3 million, down slightly from last season’s figure that shattered the previous record by more than 10 percent.

Jockey Jose Ortiz won the Saratoga riding title with 65 victories, while Chad Brown set the track record for wins by a trainer with 40. Michal Dubb was the meet’s top owner with 13 winners.

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