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Keeneland Handle Update - October 8, 2017

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Keeneland Handle Update - - October 8, 2017

Back in August, Keeneland made a calculated decision to hit horseplayers with a takeout increase. They raised WIN-PLACE-SHOW takeout to 17.50%, an increase of 9.375% vs. last meet's takeout rate of 16.00%. Takeout for all EXOTIC wagers except the pick5 was raised to 22.00%, an increase of 15.79% vs. last meet's takeout rate of 19.00%.

Keeneland Fall Meet 2016 vs. 2017, the first three days:

Side by Side Comparison - Keeneland Fall 2016 vs. 2017 -- 1st Three Days 
Day 2016 Track Handle Races Field
  vs.   Day 2017 Track Handle Races Field
Fri 10/7/2016 KEE 8,586,744 10 99   vs.   Fri 10/6/2017 KEE 8,568,658 10 96 -18,086 -0.21%
Sat 10/8/2016 KEE 15,927,452 10 96   vs.   Sat 10/7/2017 KEE 13,919,528 10 98 -2,007,924 -12.61%
Sun 10/9/2016 KEE 9,527,321 10 105   vs.   Sun 10/8/2017 KEE 6,579,460 10 92 -2,947,861 -30.94%

REPORT SUMMARY - Keeneland Fall 2016 vs. 2017 -- 1st Three Days 
Days 2016     Handle Races Field
  vs.   Days 2017     Handle Races Field
3 TOTALS   34,041,517 30 300   vs.   3 TOTALS     29,067,646 30 286 -4,973,871 -14.61%
  AVG/RACE   1,134,717   10.00   vs.     AVG/RACE     968,922   9.53 -165,796 -14.61%

DOWN $4.97 Million (-14.61%)

The first three days of the Keeneland Fall 2017 meet are in the books:

Even though we're off to a decent enough start and Sunday saw them down 30%, I fully expect them to use "It had nothing to do with the boycott" and "the weather" and "field size was down" as excuses.

So let's keep to the task at hand and remember what we're boycotting for.

We're boycotting because we're trying to send a clear message.

We're boycotting because other tracks are waiting to see what happens and we want them to think twice before having takeout increases of their own.

Between now and Wednesday, I'm asking each of you to take it upon yourselves to reach out to other horseplayers.

Tell them about the boycott.

Ask them to join us.

Together we can convince Keeneland to reverse their decision.

--Jeff Platt, HANA President

• is asking horseplayers to consider the idea that horseplayers are consumers and that every handle dollar bet at Keeneland is a vote for higher takeout everywhere.

* About the above numbers: The above numbers were compiled by horseplayers who spent volunteer man-hours combing through the charts hand keying pool amounts into a spreadsheet. If you notice an obvious mistake please let us know by email at: info @ hanaweb . org (remove the blank spaces first)

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