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Average Handle Up at Shortened ACRC Meet

The final program of the scheduled six-day meet was canceled because of rain.

Atlantic City Race Course registered an 11.69% increase in average daily pari-mutuel handle during its rain-shortened meet from April 24-29.

The meet was scheduled to end April 30, but heavy rain in New Jersey forced the cancellation of the card, which wasn't rescheduled. Atlantic City offers only turf racing.

According to Equibase charts, total handle for five days of racing with six-race programs was $4,035,346, not far off the $4,329,984 recorded last year for a full six-day meet. This year's average daily handle was $806,069, up from $721,664 in 2013.

On-track wagering on live racing totaled $760,371 for the meet for an average of $152,074 per day. That's down 3.13% from last year.

The opening-day program generated the highest handle of the meet at $1,042,941, with $894,896 wagered off track. The canceled program could have produced a bigger number as it was scheduled for a Wednesday on which only a handful of Thoroughbred tracks were racing.

Atlantic City has no turnstiles and attendance was reported for only three programs: 4,376 for April 24, 4,728 for April 25, and 12,653 for April 27, a Sunday. Attendance for the same Sunday last year was reported at 13,254.

The April 27 card produced the highest on-track handle of the meet at $216,372.

Field size this year averaged 9.67 horses per race for 30 races, according to The Jockey Club Information Systems. Field size in 2013 was 9.84 horses per race.

Purses for five days of racing totaled $563,000 for an average of $112,600 a day, according to TJCIS. Purses last year totaled $777,200 for six days; the average was $129,533 per day.

The New Jersey racing season continues May 10 with the opening of the Monmouth Park meet.