$146.9 million from $122.4 million a year ago. That gain more than offset slight declines in the Canadian market. Within the Toronto market area, wagering dipped by 1.8 %, to $146 million from $148.7 million last year. In all other Canadian markets, wagering dipped 3.5%, to $71 million from $73.6 million a year ago.Telephone account wagering continued its strong growth. TAB customers wagered $15.6 million on the Woodbine product, compared to $11.9 million a year ago.Within the Toronto market area, wagering on all available
products has increased by more than two per cent, to $545 million, with a month left in the year.Average field size at Woodbine remained at 8.1 horses per race, unchanged from a year ago. Purses paid in 2002 totaled $89,691,130, up from $78,589,173 last year.Patrick Husbands recorded his third Woodbine riding title, winning 167 races. He also took the 1999 and 2000 meets. He also led the colony in purse earnings with $9,222,378. Mark Casse won his first Woodbine training title, saddling 69 winners. Roger Attfield was third in the standings with 55 wins, but topped all horsemen with $4,129,143 in purse earnings.
Stronach Stables interrupted Sam-Son Farm's five-year reign atop the Woodbine owner standings, collecting $3,638,926 in purse earnings during the 2002 meet. The stable also had the most wins at Woodbine, 58.