Lone Star Park racing

Lone Star Park racing

Reed Palmer

Handle, Attendance Declines at Lone Star Park

Average daily purses also declined during 53-day meet.

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie concluded its 2012 Thoroughbred meet July 8 with a 7.6% decline in average daily all-sources wagering, a 4% drop in average daily attendance.

The Texas track reported wagering for the 53-day meet totaled $74.1 million for a daily average $1,398,113, compared with an average $1,513,461 from a total $78.7 million during the 52-day meet a year ago. Attendance totaled 388,248, an average of 7,325 per day, compared with a daily average 7,620 from total attendance of 396,281 in 2011.

“We are disappointed with the results,” said Drew Shubeck, president and general manager of the track owned by Global Gaming Solutions LLC. “However, we are encouraged by our simulcast-in numbers, which increased over 2011 levels, making our on-track total virtually even with last year’s numbers. We are also very optimistic about our upcoming off-season simulcasting in our Bar & Book, with popular signals from Del Mar and Saratoga starting in a few days.”

Average daily purses declined 11%, from $161,719 in 2011 to $140,642 this year. With 4,086 starters in the 488 races run during the meet, average field size of 8.4 was down from last year’s 8.9 starters per race average as the 564 races drew 4,243 competitors.

Cliff Berry secured his fifth riding title with 62 wins during the meet and Danny Pish’s 42 wins gave him his first Lone Star title. End Zone Athletics, with 17 wins, took the leading owner title for the first time.