BATAVIA, N.Y.(WIVB) – Horse race betting appears to be alive and well in Western New York.
Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation (WROTB) announced the total wagering figures for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes added up to $1,003,291, which is a 17 percent increase over last year’s Preakness total of $857,000.
The 2014 Preakness betting beat the previous record set in 2009 of $981,276. This new record comes on the heels of WROTB’s best single betting day ever for the Kentucky Derby on May 3.
WROTB is now looking forward to the Belmont Stakes on June 7 and planning giveaways and other special activities. A big crowd is expected as horse racing enthusiasts anticipate the possibility of a Triple Crown winner. California Chrome has already won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
WROTB is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It is a public benefit corporation, headquartered in Batavia, owned and operated by 15 counties in Western New York and the cities of Buffalo and Rochester.