Certainly, there are a number of variables to consider, but here’s a quick glance at NYRA’s numbers today compared to the last two Wednesdays of racing. There was no racing last Wednesday because of bad weather, and no racing on this day (second Wednesday after Thanksgiving) last year.
Wednesday, 11/17: 2013
Wednesday, 11/24: 2,016
On track handle
Wednesday, 11/17: $498,589
Wednesday, 11/24: $536, 508
Wednesday, 11/17: $1,350,714
Wednesday, 11/24: $1,624,266
Wednesday, 11/17: $3,858,945
Wednesday, 11/24: $4,376,347
Will be interesting how those numbers might be affected once word gets out today about the State Racing & Wagering Board’s “emergency action” to change the procedures for enrolling in phone and internet wagering programs, making it easier and faster for customers to sign up.
Update: According to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, in order to stream its own races on its own website, NYRA would need to get approval to do this from an OTB (emphasis obviously mine). Without OTB approval, the Legislature would have to change the law in order to authorize it.
In other words, wait until hell freezes over. Unbelievable, isn’t it?
Update #2: According to NYRA, 56 new NYRA Rewards accounts were opened last Friday through Monday; 61 were opened on Wednesday. Numbers were not available for Tuesday.