Oaks/Derby Helps Beulah Close on Upswing

(from Beulah Park release)
Beulah Park closed out its 2005 spring meeting with big on-track business increases on the final weekend.

A total of $1,503,885 was wagered last Friday and Saturday, compared to a total pari-mutuel handle of $1,218,312 a year ago on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Derby days. The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) was also run on closing day in 2004.

"To close out our live spring session with such strong increases is very encouraging for us," said Mike Weiss, general manager of Beulah Park. "We have had a tough winter with bad weather hitting us almost every weekend. Closing weekend had nice weather, big crowds, and lots of fun."

Ohio experienced the most snowfall ever recorded for the 2004-05 winter.

The average per-day handle for Friday and Saturday this year showed a 23.4% increase or total two-day difference of $285,573 in 2004.