2022 Runhappy Travers Day generates record handle

Paid attendance highest since 2015

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saturday’s blockbuster 13-race Runhappy Travers Day card, highlighted by Epicenter’s victory in the 153rd running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, generated record setting all-sources wagering handle of $55,559,315.

The 2022 figure eclipses the prior Runhappy Travers Day record of $52,129,346 in wagering from all-sources, which was established in 2019.

Paid attendance on Saturday was 49,672, which is the highest on a Runhappy Travers Day since 2015 when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah ran at Saratoga Race Course. Paid attendance in 2021 was 44,507.

On-track handle was $10,373,124, or 10.3 percent higher than 2021 when on-track handle was $9,406,526.

The Runhappy Travers was the centerpiece of a card featuring five Grade 1s among six stakes in total including the Grade 1, $750,000 Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer offering a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf; the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign; the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego, the Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial and the Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa.

For the fourth consecutive year, fans nationwide watched the Runhappy Travers action unfold on FOX as part of a special 90-minute telecast. Overall, the networks of FOX Sports broadcast 7 ½ hours of live racing action from Saratoga which included all six graded stakes on Runhappy Travers Day.

The 2022 summer meet continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 5.

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