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Keeneland Handle Update

PLAYERSBOYCOTT.org - October 20, 2017

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Keeneland Handle Update - PLAYERSBOYCOTT.org - October 20, 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 during the first 10 days of their fall 2017 meet:

Side by Side Comparison - KEE FALL 2016 vs. 2017 -- 1st 10 Days 
Day 2016 Track Handle Races Field
Size
  vs.   Day 2017 Track Handle Races Field
Size
Dollar
Change
PCT
Change
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%
Wed 10/12/2016 KEE 5,794,495 8 83   vs.   Wed 10/11/2017 KEE 4,591,837 8 77 -1,202,658 -20.76%
Thu 10/13/2016 KEE 5,731,249 9 84   vs.   Thu 10/12/2017 KEE 6,144,889 10 99 +413,640 +7.22%
Fri 10/14/2016 KEE 7,682,129 10 86   vs.   Fri 10/13/2017 KEE 7,880,860 10 96 +198,731 +2.59%
Sat 10/15/2016 KEE 11,656,440 10 85   vs.   Sat 10/14/2017 KEE 11,594,151 10 98 -62,289 -0.53%
Sun 10/16/2016 KEE 6,586,587 9 81   vs.   Sun 10/15/2017 KEE 6,122,769 9 79 -463,818 -7.04%
Wed 10/19/2016 KEE 4,469,993 8 71   vs.   Wed 10/18/2017 KEE 4,484,605 8 66 +14,612 +0.33%
Thu 10/20/2016 KEE 7,138,535 9 78   vs.   Thu 10/19/2017 KEE 5,105,554 9 79 -2,032,981 -28.48%


REPORT SUMMARY - KEE FALL 2016 vs. 2017 -- 1st 10 Days 
Days 2016     Handle Races Field
Size
  vs.   Days 2017     Handle Races Field
Size
Dollar
Change
PCT
Change
10 TOTALS   83,100,945 93 868   vs.   10 TOTALS     74,992,311 94 880 -8,108,634 -9.76%
  Per Race   893,559   9.33   vs.     Per Race     797,791   9.36 -95,768 -10.72%
  Per Runner   95,738   868   vs.     Per Runner   85,219   880 -10,519 -10.99%

DOWN -$8.1 Million (-9.76%)



Belmont during the first 10 days of Keeneland's fall 2017 meet:

Side by Side Comparison - BEL 2016 vs. 2017 -- During 1st 10 days of Kee Fall Meet 
Day 2016 Track Handle Races Field
Size
  vs.   Day 2017 Track Handle Races Field
Size
Dollar
Change
PCT
Change
Fri 10/7/2016 BEL 7,420,488 9 67   vs.   Fri 10/6/2017 BEL 7,545,462 9 70 +124,974 +1.68%
Sat 10/8/2016 BEL 15,024,108 11 81   vs.   Sat 10/7/2017 BEL 15,535,315 11 92 +511,207 +3.40%
Sun 10/9/2016 BEL 5,345,667 9 63   vs.   Sun 10/8/2017 BEL 9,224,079 9 79 +3,878,412 +72.55%
Mon 10/10/2016 BEL 5,422,385 10 56   vs.   Mon 10/9/2017 BEL 5,386,422 9 61 -35,963 -0.66%
Thu 10/13/2016 BEL 5,728,680 9 72   vs.   Thu 10/12/2017 BEL 6,575,821 9 84 +847,141 +14.79%
Fri 10/14/2016 BEL 7,149,539 9 78   vs.   Fri 10/13/2017 BEL 7,338,283 9 74 +188,744 +2.64%
Sat 10/15/2016 BEL 10,459,515 9 81   vs.   Sat 10/14/2017 BEL 11,866,807 10 81 +1,407,292 +13.45%
Sun 10/16/2016 BEL 7,548,571 9 81   vs.   Sun 10/15/2017 BEL 8,103,407 9 76 +554,836 +7.35%
Wed 10/19/2016 BEL 6,056,594 9 73   vs.   Wed 10/18/2017 BEL 5,613,509 9 80 -443,085 -7.32%
Thu 10/20/2016 BEL 6,244,614 9 73   vs.   Thu 10/19/2017 BEL 5,788,511 9 71 -456,103 -7.30%


REPORT SUMMARY - BEL 2016 vs. 2017 -- During 1st 10 days of Kee Fall Meet 
Days 2016     Handle Races Field
Size
  vs.   Days 2017     Handle Races Field
Size
Dollar
Change
PCT
Change
10 TOTALS   76,400,161 93 725   vs.   10 TOTALS     82,977,616 93 768 +6,577,455 +8.61%
  Per Race   821,507   7.80   vs.     Per Race     892,232   8.26 +70,725 +8.61%
  Per Runner   105,380   725   vs.     Per Runner   108,044   768 +2,664 +2.53%

UP +$6.6 Million +8.61%



Santa Anita during the first 10 days of Keeneland's fall 2017 meet:

Side by Side Comparison - SAX 2016 vs. 2017 -- During 1st 10 days of Kee Fall Meet 
Day 2016 Track Handle Races Field
Size
  vs.   Day 2017 Track Handle Races Field
Size
Dollar
Change
PCT
Change
Fri 10/7/2016 SAX 4,942,175 8 68   vs.   Fri 10/6/2017 SAX 7,418,193 8 79 +2,476,018 +50.10%
Sat 10/8/2016 SAX 10,183,133 10 88   vs.   Sat 10/7/2017 SAX 9,297,160 10 88 -885,973 -8.70%
Sun 10/9/2016 SAX 7,827,377 9 81   vs.   Sun 10/8/2017 SAX 8,507,964 9 76 +680,587 +8.69%
Mon 10/10/2016 SAX 6,233,741 9 89   vs.   Mon 10/9/2017 SAX 6,811,953 9 89 +578,212 +9.28%
Fri 10/14/2016 SAX 5,069,470 8 58   vs.   Fri 10/13/2017 SAX 5,601,232 8 60 +531,762 +10.49%
Sat 10/15/2016 SAX 7,484,320 9 73   vs.   Sat 10/14/2017 SAX 9,036,244 9 87 +1,551,924 +20.74%
Sun 10/16/2016 SAX 6,733,013 9 79   vs.   Sun 10/15/2017 SAX 7,793,776 9 77 +1,060,763 +15.75%
Thu 10/20/2016 SAX 3,697,401 8 54   vs.   Thu 10/19/2017 SAX 3,822,229 8 64 +124,828 +3.38%


REPORT SUMMARY - SAX 2016 vs. 2017 -- During 1st 10 days of Kee Fall Meet 
Days 2016     Handle Races Field
Size
  vs.   Days 2017     Handle Races Field
Size
Dollar
Change
PCT
Change
8 TOTALS   52,170,630 70 590   vs.   8 TOTALS     58,288,751 70 620 +6,118,121 +11.73%
  Per Race   745,295   8.43   vs.     Per Race     832,696   8.86 +87,402 +11.73%
  Per Runner   88,425   590   vs.     Per Runner   94,014   620 +5,589 +6.32%

UP +$6.1 Million +11.73%



The first 10 days of the Keeneland Fall 2017 meet are in the books:

Keeneland is down about 10%.

At the same time, the other A tracks are UP an average of 10.1%

I submit to you the idea that Keeneland would be UP a similar amount had they not had a takeout increase.

In absolute terms they are 20% below where they should be.

The takeout increase doesn't make up for that.

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.

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







• PLAYERSBOYCOTT.org 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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