The Kentucky Derby is a particular event that occurs each year at Churchill Downs. Even those that aren’t horse racing fanatics fill inclined to not just watch but wager on this large event.
I found myself wondering exactly how much money has been wagered. What I discovered was shocking, considering we are talking about Something Which lasts a mere two minutes.How Much was Wagered on the Kentucky Derby & Attendance This Year
Last year was another record breaking year for the amount of money wagered on the Kentucky Derby. In 2018, there was $227.5 million bet on the full race card by all-sources. Smashing the previous mark set just a year ago at 2017 of $209.2 million.
So far as the race , there was $149.9 million stake across all-sources. Another new record, beating the 2017 markers of $139.2 million.
While the money bet reached new limitations, attendance numbers were down . Just 157,813 showed up, but a lot of this was due to the bad states. While the amount of attendees was just down marginally from the 158,070 that attended in 2017, it is a far cry from the 170,513 that were in the big occasion in 2015.
I’ve assembled a table which looks back at the betting history. As you can see, the money intake with this has grown dramatically in the last two decades. There was only $140.4 million stake on the entire card back in 2003 and that’s about as much as what we now get on just the final race.
It’s important to keep in mind that the numbers below don’t reflect the entire picture. The figures are only for the cash taken on North American racetracks.
It doesn’t include figures from sportsbooks online or vegas. It has been noted that Vegas sportsbooks take in about an average of $33 million per month. There average take home in May is roughly $11 million more at $44 million. As for the internet books, they have been estimated to take in $26.8 million on the whole app in 2016. With around $16.6 million around the primary event.

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