Colonial Downs

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Colonial All-Source Wagering Up 13.2%

With a schedule change that dropped Friday racing, attendance declined.

Boosted by a 20% increase in import simulcasting handle, Colonial Downs concluded its 40-day meet July 21 with a 13.2% increase in all-source wagering.

The track in New Kent, Va., reported all-source handle of $34.4 million for a daily average of $860,765. During the 2009 meet, all-source wagering averaged $760,340 from a total $30.4 million. Import wagering totaled $29.3 million, compared $24.4 million one year ago.

The import wagering more than made up for declines in on-track wagering, which fell 15.2% to a daily average of $126,301 from a total of $4.3 million. With the track racing on Wednesday rather than having a Friday twilight card, average daily attendance of 1,499 represented a decline of 11.5%.

For the second consecutive year, Rosemary Homeister Jr. was leading jockey, with 43 wins, and Hamilton Smith won the trainer’s title for the sixth time, with 29 victories. The leading owner was David Ross.

Colonial reported 7.73 average starters per race, down from the 8.89 figure one year ago. Of the 381 total races contested during the meet, 342 were run over the Secretariat turf course.