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Handle Up Slightly at Final Hollywood Meet

Inglewood track reports 15% spike in on-track attendance for stand ending Dec. 22.

Betfair Hollywood Park, which wrapped up 75 years of history with the conclusion of live racing Dec. 22, showed gains in both handle and on-track attendance compared to its prior autumn meet in 2012.

The average daily all-sources commingled handle on both imported races and those conducted at Hollywood Park during the 27-day season in Inglewood, Calif, was up slightly ($8,935,076) over the 2012 season ($8,897,626).

The average daily all-sources commingled handle solely on races run at Hollywood Park during the 2013 autumn season increased 3.9% over the previous year ($6,864,028 compared to $6,604,176), the track reported.

Daily on-track attendance showed a spike of 15% over 2012, helped by a paid attendance of 13,283 on the final day. Hollywood allowed free entry on closing day after the fourth race was made official, so the official paid attendance Dec. 22 was significantly lower than the actual crowd size.

"The handle increase on the Betfair Hollywood Park races was attributable, among other factors, to the support of owners and trainers at the entry box, the skill and energy of our racing department, and the widely held respect for our Cushion Track surface," said track president Jack Liebau. "We’d also like to thank all of our employees for their efforts and the continued support and patronage of our customers."