Thursday, June 03, 2010

Coming out to Belmont Park

We all know the Belmont Stakes packs in over 100,000 fans when the Triple Crown is on the line but with no Triple in the offering this year lets take a look at attendance this decade going into non-Triple Crown Belmonts.


New York is an event town and the Belmont Stakes remains an event, drawing an average of 60,694 fans in non-Triple Crown years this decade. So far the weather looks good for Saturday-partly cloudy, low 80’s. Assuming you can see the Sun in the sky Saturday Morning, and with 5 graded stakes on the undercard, I think a tad higher than last years #, lets say 53,000, looks like a realistic number.



Year

Winner

TV Rating

Network

Attendance

2009

Summer Bird

4.4

ABC

52,186

2007

Rags to Riches

3.2

ABC

46,870

2006

Jazil

3.5

ABC

61,168

2005

Afleet Alex

5.4

NBC

62,274

2001

Point Given

4.9

NBC

73,857

2001

Commendable

2.8

ABC

67,810

2 comments:

The_Knight_Sky said...

I think I'll land the attendance at somewhere between Rags and Summer Bird. There was little competition from Monmouth Park during those years, also.

Anything less than Rags' Belmont would not be that shocking to me but who actually believes the accuracy of the attendance figures released to the media? It's all about how you stack up with the Preakness numbers and the Derby numbers.

And that means coercing drunks and punks to get into the joint.

railrunner said...

With the great lineup of stakes scheduled for Belmont Stakes day and all the good horses running (Gio Ponti, Discreetly Mine, D'Funnybone, Proviso, Custum for Carlos, Bribon, Tidal Pool, Crisp, Court Vision etc,) I bet they'll get a crowd around 50,000 or more.