Del Mar Posts Increases and Records
Horse racing fans have a healthy appetite for quality racing. On the heels of a highly successful Saratoga meet, Del Mar has reported across-the-board statistical increases and a record total handle for its 43-day meet. Attendance at the seaside Southern California racetrack rose 8.5% to a total 664,594, or an average daily attendance of 15,456 compared with an average of 14,252 last year.Total handle rose 2.7% to a record $518,376,508. The previous record was $518,159,796 set in 1997. The average daily total handle was $12,055,268 compared with $11,736,073 last year.Handle figures were boosted significantly by a 4.8% increase in out-of-state handle, which reached a record $179,313,476. The previous record of $171,045,040 was set last year. On-track handle rose a slight 0.4% to a total $99,740,719, or an average daily on-track handle of $2,319,552.Jockey Alex Solis, 37, secured his second riding title at Del Mar with 36 wins. Laffit Pincay Jr. finished a close second with 34 wins.
by Eric Mitchell
Date Posted: 9/6/2001 9:16:14 AM
Last Updated: 9/6/2001 10:45:53 AM
Trainer Bob Baffert captured his fifth consecutive training title with 29 wins. He was 11 victories ahead of Robert Frankel who was second in the trainer standings.
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