Western Regional OTB Posts Derby Day Handle
Written by Dan Fischer on May 6, 2019
Representatives from Western Regional Off-Track Betting (WROTBC) reported a record $2,039,088.30 was wagered on the Kentucky Derby through their outlets including BataviaBets.com, OTB Branches and EZ Bet Locations. In particular the Empire branch in Rochester, NY saw significant growth, up 27% from the previous year. Wagering was also very strong at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel, up 7% there.
Batavia Downs hosted three separate parties with a full house of happy, gambling revelers enjoying the Run for the Roses. The Park Place Party served an all-time high 751 dinners; well eclipsing the 605 meals sold last year. Thurman Thomas’ Sports Bar “34 Rush” had their highest single day total for sales.
Down on the gaming floor, $4 million credits were played which was the second highest in their history. The week ending Saturday saw the highest credits played total of all time, with $18.3 Million in Credits Played, beating the previous best seven-day period of $17.4 Million.
The results of the 145th Kentucky Derby may have been controversial with the subsequent disqualification of Maximum Security, who was first under the wire, but according to Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO of WROTBC, Derby Day 2019 was unbelievable all the way around.
“The wagering, party and gaming numbers are a continuation and reflection of the solid year Batavia Downs has been experiencing,” said Wojtaszek, “We could not have pulled this off if it wasn’t for our dedicated OTB branch and Batavia Downs staff, who worked tirelessly on Derby Day. We appreciate the solid support from our loyal customer base.”
WROTBC is already gearing up for the second jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown to be held on May 18 at Pimlico racetrack.
Among the events scheduled for Preakness is the $15 Trifecta special that will take place in the Park Place Event Center at Batavia Downs from 4p until 7p.
Live harness racing comes back online at Batavia Downs on Wednesday, July 24 for the meet that will run through Saturday, December 14th.