Monticello Raceway enjoyed its greatest combined handle statistics in the 56 years of the track's existence in 2013. Granted, the wagering numbers prior to the advent of off- track betting were considerable, but as technology made it easier for fans to bet at facilities other than racetracks the on- track betting numbers declined, and declined substantially.
During the 2013 campaign a combined total of $126,583,865 was wagered on the Mighty M's races. Considering there were 206 racing programs the combined average daily handle was $614,484.Those numbers topped the previous record of $564,947 which was produced during the 2007 campaign. Last year fans, both on and off track wagered a daily average of $554,398.
It's always gratifying when you can show an improvement over the previous year,” said Maureen Flynn, the raceway's director of pari-mutuels and simulcasting. "It's all about knowing who your customers are and then giving them what they want.” (Monticello)