Golden Gate Fields achieved increases in its on-track attendance and handle averages in 2011, a year in which the Berkeley, Calif. racetrack conducted 157 days of racing compared to 174 in 2010.
Taking into account the fact Golden Gate Fields conducted 17 fewer racing programs in 2011, however straight comparison numbers were down.
According to track figures, total on-track attendance was 410,646 compared to 418,141 (down 1.8%). On-track handle was $70,542,524 compared to $76,035,621 (down 7.2%). Handle at Northern California off-track facilities was $149,970,933, compared to $163,149,263 (down 8.1%). Total handle in Northern California was $290,910,392, compared to $311,883,870 (down 6.7%).
The average daily on-track attendance in 2011 was 2,616, however, up 8.8% from the 2010 figure of 2,403. The average daily overall attendance (Golden Gate Fields and the Northern California off-track wagering facilities) was up 5.3%, from 5,367 in 2010 to 5,650 in 2011.
The average daily on-track handle in 2011 was $449,315, up 2.8% from the 2010 total of $436,986. Average daily handle increases were also realized in the Northern California off-track network ($955,229 compared to $937,639, up 1.9%) and Northern California account wagering ($448,388 compared to $417,810, up 7.3%).
The total average daily handle in Northern California (bets placed at Golden Gate Fields, off-track facilities, and through advance deposit wagering) was up 3.4% percent,
$1,852,932 compared to $1,792,436.
The average field size at Golden Gate Fields in 2011 was 6.95 runners compared to 6.8 runners in 2010, an increase of 2.2%.
“Any time a track realizes increases in its attendance and handle figures, especially on track, it is great news,” said Joe Morris, vice president and interim general manager of Golden Gate Fields, in a statement. “Equally as important is field size, an area we will continue to concentrate on in 2012. All of us at Golden Gate Fields thank the owners and trainers for their support in 2011.”