Wagering took place via mobile with handle hitting US$26.6million across the two days.
US.- Figures from Churchill Down’s opening weekend have shown a significant increase in wagers compared with the same weekend last year, despite the event taking place behind closed doors due to Covid-19.
Wagers were up a massive 185 per cent year-on-year, with betting handle hitting US$26.6million across the two days compared with US$9.3 million in 2019.
Fans were able to wager on the live action from home via the operator’s Twin Spires mobile betting app.
Daily health checks are being undertaken to help prevent Covid-19 outbreaks among staff Churchill Downs.
The next race meet for Churchill Downs will be on May 2 with the first major stakes of the year, the Matt Winn Stakes, scheduled for two days later on May 23.
Churchill Downs recorded more than US$1billion in net revenue for 2019, a 32 per cent increase on the previous year.