Del Mar race track.

Del Mar race track.

Del Mar Attendance Up, Wagering Down

California track reported a 2.3% increase in attendance and 6.9% decline in handle.




Through the first 30 days of the 37-day Del Mar meet, attendance continues to outpace 2009 by 2.3% while wagering is down an average 6.9% at the seaside California track.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club reported daily average on-track attendance of 18,605 this year, compared with 18,179 in 2009.

Average daily handle has declined 6.9%, from $12,527,694 last year to $11,662,311 in 2010. There have been 17 fewer races this summer than last—261 compared to 278. DMTC reported a 3.5% in per-race average wagering, from $1,043,457 per race in 2010 vs. $1,008,035 in 2009.

The Del Mar meet concludes Sept. 8.