Retama Park Reports Increases in 2012
Photo: Courtesy of Retama Park
Retama Park

Retama Park posted impressive increases in gross handle and attendance for the 2012 live Thoroughbred meet.

The Selma, Texas track reported that total on-track handle for the 26-day meet that ended Dec. 29 was up a healthy 22% over a 2011 stand that ran for 23 days. Export handle, money wagered at off-track locations on Retama Park races, jumped a huge 49%. Live handle at Retama was up 6% with live attendance showing a 2% increase.

More than $7.5 million was wagered on-track during the recently completed meet compared to just under $6.2 million in 2011. The export handle totaled $13.1 million this year compared to last year's total of $8.8 million. Live handle at Retama was $2,184,951, which bettered last year's figure of $2,061,833.

Total attendance was 55,863, up slightly over last year's 54,698.
 
Purse payouts soared to the highest level since the track's opening season in 1995. An average daily total of $109,000 went to the track's horsemen.
 
"It was great for our owners and trainers to see purses climb past the $100,000 level", said James Leatherman, Retama Park's racing secretary. "It gives us all a positive attitude as we prepare for 2013."

The 2013 Thoroughbred meet is to run Oct. 4 to Dec. 28.
 

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