- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Churchill Downs’ second September meet saw a 16 percent wagering decline over last year.

The Courier-Journal reports, the 12-day meet ended Sunday with nearly $39 million in wagering. That’s down from more than $46 million last year, according to statistics released by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday.

The average field was 7.7 horses, compared to 8.07 last year.

Track President Kevin Flanery said in a statement the starters per race was down this year because of declining foal crops and increased competition for available horses from other tracks.

The statement goes on to say track officials “look forward to working with the racing commission and the horsemen to address the issue of field sizes” so the September meet can continue.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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