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Record Opening-Day Crowd of 37,439 at Del Mar

Rock Opera, ridden by 55-year-old Laffit Pincay, Jr., and True Phenomenon, under Thoroughbred racing's comeback jockey of the year, Patrick Valenzuela, won divisions of the featured Oceanside Stakes today before the largest opening-day crowd in Del Mar history, 37,439.

Tampa Bay Downs Enjoys Record Meet

Tampa Bay Downs concluded its 76th anniversary season of Thoroughbred racing May 5th with handle its live races from all-sources averaging nearly $2.1 million per day. The previous high was 1.8 million per day during the 1999-2000 season.

Fifth Largest Derby Crowd On Hand

The attendance at Kentucky Derby 128 is the fifth largest in history. At Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, 145,033 patrons were on hand to witness a race in which seven betting interests are under 10-1.

Strong 2001 for NYRA

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A successful Breeders' Cup and strong meets at Saratoga and at Aqueduct this fall helped the New York Racing Association achieve gains in on-track handle and total handle for the year.

Higher Attendance and Handle for Hollywood Park

Hollywood Park concluded its autumn meet Monday with a 4.8% increase in attendance and a 2.8% increase in total handle. The growth was particularly encouraging since it rained during the Southern California's 11th annual Turf Festival, the biggest day of the meet.

Remington Park's Meet Slumps

Remington Park reported across-the-board declines in attendance and handle for its 59-day meet that ended Nov. 24. The Oklahoma City racetrack reported a 4.3% decline in average daily attendance to 2,337 and an 11.5% drop in average daily on-track handle to $120,551.

Total Handle Up at Arlington, On-Track Stats Slip

Arlington Park's first meet to run through October produced a new single-day record handle and a 10.4% increase in average daily total handle. The tragedies of Sept. 11 were blamed for double-digit losses in on-track handle and attendance.

Breeders' Cup Handle Exceeds $104 million

Total wagering on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park on Oct. 27 reached $104,145,186, making it the second highest total handle just behind last year's mark of $108,603,040. The simulcast wagering total of $91,057,372 was also the second highest in Breeders' Cup history

Belmont Enjoys Successful Fall Meeting

Belmont Park posted large increases in attendance and handle for its 32-day fall meeting, helped along by its hosting of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 27. However, the quality meeting, with many graded stakes races that now serve as preps for the Breeders' Cup, was already on track to better year-ago figures without the Breeders' Cup races figured in.

Monmouth Park, Saratoga Set Attendance Records

Monmouth Park's $500,000 gamble paid dividends Sunday when a record crowd of 47,127 turned out to watch Point Given in the $1.5-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at the New Jersey track. Saratoga Racecourse, where the numbers were inflated by a t-shirt giveaway, also reported record attendance Sunday.

Mixed Meet for Belmont Park

Total handle for Belmont Park's 55-day meet increased 4.8%, but on-track numbers continued to be weak. Average daily on-track handle was flat at $1,929,951, while average daily attendance fell 5.9% to 8,025.

Arlington Off to Positive Start; Purses Raised

The 41-day Summer Festival of Racing began this week at Arlington Park with an overnight purse increase to an average of $275,000 per day. Through the first 20 days of the overall 2001 meeting, Arlington's average daily attendance hit 8,526, a 12.6% improvement over year ago figures of 7,571.

Contract Dispute Hurts Tampa Bay Downs Meet

A 15-day contract dispute at the start of Tampa Bay Downs' 93-day meet was blamed by track management for declines in attendance, on-track handle, and total handle. Despite the declines, the meet set a couple single-day handle records and saw growth in its interstate simulcasting handle.

Hollywood Park Turns Out the Lights to Save Energy

Faced with the possibility of the lights going dark this summer, management planned ahead and purchased four back-up generators to ensure rolling blackouts don't affect operations. But the energy crisis has already come at a cost...The power crisis also prompted Hollywood to bump up its start time on Fridays from 7:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Running lights at night would be too costly considering electricity prices will be increased up to 46% by this summer. The move could result in a drop in on-track attendance.

Handle Up, Crowds Good at Arlington International

Arlington International Racecourse reported a significant increase in handle and solid attendance following its 103-day meet. Total handle from all sources increased 10.7% to $333,177,106, up from a total handle of $300.9 million reported in 1997, which is when Arlington last ran a live meet. Last year, Arlington's dates were run at Hawthorne Race Course.

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