Even though Gulfstream raced one less day in 2003, handle was up 4.5% from the previous record of $789.6 million registered in 2002. Average daily total handle for the meet was $9.3 million, up 5.7% from 2002."The record was achieved despite a very weak economy, a below par tourist season and the adverse impact of the war," Gulfstream president and general manager Scott Savin said. "The negative factors affected on-track attendance, which was down from 2002. The new Palm Meadows Training Center enabled Gulfstream to present larger fields and higher-caliber racing. The record handle speaks well for Gulfstream's initiatives." Total attendance for the 2003 meet was 759,861, a decrease of 9.5% from last year. Gulfstream's daily average on-track attendance was 8,538, down 8.5% from 2002. Horses that trained at Palm Meadows, a facility built by Gulfstream parent Magna Entertainment Corp. in Boynton Beach, won 211 races at the meet. They also posted 184 seconds and 135 thirds.
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