Average daily interstate simulcast handle rose but on-track wagering and attendance declined during the 70-day meet at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., that ended Thursday.
The track reported average daily interstate simulcast handle of $1,362,130, an increase of 17.7% over the $1,157,230 wagered nightly during the 68-day meet in 2002. Average daily on-track wagering fell 12.1% as $81,736 was wagered nightly in 2003 compared to $93,003 in 2002. Total wagering for the meet was $102,584,757, compared with $86,761,283 in 2002. Average daily attendance was 918, which was 5.3% below last year's figure of 967.
Average daily purses fell 34.6% in 2003, as horsemen raced for an average of $115,982 in 2003, compared with $177,390 in 2002. Total purses distributed in 2003 amounted to $8,118,763 a decrease of 32.7% from 2002. The drop in purses was the result of splitting state-provided purse monies with a second racetrack in Indiana. An average of 9.1 starters went to the gate in 2003, compared to 9.1 in 2002.
"Just as we saw with our spring Standardbred meet, the establishment of a second racetrack in our market had a negative impact on our purses, attendance and on-track handle," said Hoosier Park president and general manager Rick Moore. "The strength of our out-of-state simulcasting continues to be a positive reflection of our affiliation with Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network."