Hollywood Attendance Stable, Handle Drops
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 12/20/2010 2:18:45 PM
Last Updated: 12/21/2010 2:47:49 PM

Hollywood Park
Photo: Benoit Photography

Hollywood Park finished its 30th fall season on Dec. 19 with a slight decline in ontrack attendance and a 4.2% drop in all source wagering.

Buoyed by the appearance of Zenyatta at her home track, average daily attendance in Southern California was up 7.2% from 2009, with average daily ontrack attendance declining slightly (0.7%). Average daily handle generated in Southern California, including advance deposit wagering, was up 8%, rising to $4.2 million from $3.9 million a year ago.

Average daily ontrack handle was down 2% and wagering outside California on Hollywood Park races decreased by 15%, resulting in a 4.2% decline in average daily all sources handle from $8.4 million in 2009 to $8 million in 2010.

“We were heartened by the overall results of the meet,” said Hollywood Park president Jack Liebau. “Wagering within California surpassed expectations in light of the 12.5% unemployment rate in the state. Hopefully, the downward trend in wagering is bottoming out and the worst is now behind us."

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