Emerald Downs Handle Slips
Date Posted: 9/24/2003 8:05:18 PM

Emerald Downs wrapped up its 92-day meeting Monday with dips in both on-track and overall handle over 2002.

On-track handle was down 2.3%, while the all-source handle slipped 6% from last season, the Washington track reported.

"I'm not displeased with the situation, but you would always like it better," Emerald president Ron Crockett told the Seattle Times. "In these economic times that we went through, would I have expected more erosion? I guess I probably could have expected that."

With 6,040 starters in 830 races, the track also experienced a 3.4% decrease in participants. It was the fourth consecutive year the number of starters fell. The average number of starters per race was 7.3, compared to 7.5 in 2002.

Kevin Radke won his second consecutive jockey title with 143 wins from 652 mounts. Scott Saito finished second with 90 wins.

Tim McCanna captured his fourth straight trainer's title, saddling a meet record-tying 55 winners from 262 starters. McCanna is the all-time leading trainer at Emerald Downs with 387 victories. Frank Lucarelli was second with 39 wins.

Herman Sarkowsky's Youcan'ttakeme, winner of four stakes races in four starts during the meet, was named Horse of the Meeting.

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