Record Wagering at Portland Meadows

Portland Meadows reported record handle of $61.2 million during its 78-day meet that concluded May 1 at the Portland, Ore. oval.

According to a release, the track’s average daily all-source handle of $784,506 represented an increase of 16% over the 2008-2009 meet.

"What a great way to close out the meet," general manager Will Alempijevic said in a statement. "We are thrilled that we are continuing to reach new horseplayers and fans of racing."

The track also reported a single day all-sources handle record Feb. 10 when $1,557,830 was wagered on the nine race program.

A total of $3,448,600 in purses was paid out in the 2009-10 meet for average total purses per day of $44,213. The average number of starters per race was 7.5, which is a reduction from the previous meet of 7.6.

Joe Crispin won his third riding title in the last four years, with 136 Thoroughbred wins. Jonathan Nance captured the training title with 62 wins, while Jerry Hollendorfer finished second with 47 wins from 97 starters.

The featured Oregon Derby on the closing day card was won by Brickyardtradition.

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