On-Track Wagering Up; Off-Track Down at Ellis Park

(edited Ellis Park press release)

Ellis Park posted gains in average daily on-track wagering and attendance for its 36-day meet that ended Sept. 4, its first effort since a tornado damaged the Henderson, Ky., complex last November.

Average daily on-track wagering was $320,045, an increase of 5.2% over 2005's average of $304,220 Average daily total wagering was $2.7 million, a decrease of 4.9% compared to the $2.8 million wagered in 2005. Average daily off-track wagering was $2.4 million, a decrease of 6.1% from the $2.5 million wagered on Ellis Park's signal by customers at simulcast outlets in 2005.

Total wagering for the 2006 meet reached $96.5 million compared to $115.5 million during the 41-day season in 2005

Average daily attendance jumped to 3,519, an increase of 19.7% from 2005's average of 2,939. Total attendance for the 36-day session was 126,666, up 5.1% over 2005's total of 120,481 despite having five fewer days of racing in 2006.

Average field size for the 2006 meet was 7.34 horses, a 7.9% drop from the 7.97 average field size in 2005.

"Overall, we are pleased with the outcome of our 2006 race meet at Ellis Park," said vice president and general manager Brian Elmore. "Although the results were mixed, we are encouraged by the rebound in our on-track business this season compared to a year ago when we saw year-over-year decreases in on-track wagering and attendance. This season's improved results demonstrate the outstanding support we have received from the Tri-State area and local fans' passion for and appreciation of our product. To conduct this race meet given the damage we sustained last November is a triumph for our entire team and testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees and our Ellis Park horsemen."