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Breeders' Cup sets record for two richest days in sports

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- This year's Breeders' Cup set a record for the two richest days in sports.

The betting pool this year was a record-breaking $150 million -- that's $50 million more than the Super Bowl's purse.

Four-hundred and fifty private jets descended on Lexington. Some private jets cost up to $14,000 per flight hour.

Experts say the Super Bowl is usually the top draw for private jets, followed by the Masters, but this year, because of American Pharoah, it got inverted and flipped on its head.

Ninety-five thousand racing fans spent an average of $860 for a two-day ticket. Last year, about $8.5 million worth of tickets were sold. That number more than doubled this year, to $19 million.

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