Hollywood Numbers Generally Up
by Jack Shinar
Date Posted: 12/28/2007 2:48:11 PM
Last Updated: 12/28/2007 8:40:17 PM

Photo: Benoit

Overall wagering and on-track attendance at Hollywood Park increased during the 32-day fall meet that ended Dec. 22.

Official figures were released Dec. 28.

Hollywood Park daily handle averaged $10.9 million for all sources, up 5.1% from the $10.4 million per day in 2006. Officials noted the handle increase occurred even though the track was not running during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

“Last year was the only time simulcast wagering on the Breeders’ Cup was available during the autumn meet, so we’re ecstatic with this year’s increase,” track president Jack Liebau said in a statement. “Excluding Breeders’ Cup day, we finished ahead in on-track wagering and up 8% in total handle.”

The Breeders' Cup shortfall was felt most keenly in inter-track wagering, where the daily average was  off  13.6% -- from  $2,793,566.09 in 2006 to  $2,414,719.48 this year. Out-of-state betting on Hollywood races jumped 19.5%, averaging  $4,880,902 in 2007 compared to  $4,083,874 a year ago.

A meet-best total of more than $18.9 million was wagered on the final day of the meet, which featured the CashCall Futurity (gr. I). More than $2.5 million of that was bet at Hollywood Park.

On-track attendance increased 3.6% during the meet. Hollywood Park averaged 4,944 customers in 2007 compared with 4,775 during the 2006 meet. However, on-track wagering declined by 4.8% to $1.3 million per day. Excluding the Breeders’ Cup, on-track handle showed a 1.6% boost.

Adjusted figures showed that advance deposit wagering climbed by about 13.2%, averaging $1,754,999.35 daily in 2007 compared to last year's $1,550,487.60. It was the first season in which all four licensed ADW companies in the state offered wagering on Hollywood Park races, but the track noted that 85% of the total came from its traditional providers, TVG and Youbet.com.

Average field size was 8.6 starters, compared to 8.5 a year ago. Fields averaged 8.7 starters on Cushion Track and 8.3 on the turf course. Purses averaged  $425,217 compared to $389,000 in 2006.

Garrett Gomez capped a huge 2007 when he won the riding title at the fall meet for the second year in a row with 35 wins. Veteran conditioner John Sadler, with 21 victories, earned his first training title.

 



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