Attendance, Handle Decline at Thistledown
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2003 4:04 PM
(From track report)
Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 7:32 PM
Thistledown's 2002 live season suffered declines in both handle and on-track attendance figures from 2001.
Overall daily attendance for the Ohio track in 2002 was 642,918, down 5.3% from the 678,876 that frequented Thistledown in 2001.
On-track handle declined 13.7%. The total live handle in 2002 was $28,863,799 compared to $33,455,046 bet in 2001. The out-of-state handle bet on Thistledown also fell in 2002, from $98,586,757 in 2001 to $88,034,042 wagered in 2002, a decrease of 10.7%.
Thistledown concluded its 2002 live racing season Dec. 23.
Year-end honors went to leading trainers Gary Johnson and Andrew Konkoly, both with 57 winners.
Michael Rowland, who although sidelined since the end of November with a broken leg, collected 145 wins out of 744 trips to the starting gate to capture the top rider award.
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