Keyword: attendance

  • Record Opening-Day Crowd of 37,439 at Del Mar

    Rock Opera, ridden by 55-year-old Laffit Pincay, Jr., and True Phenomenon, under Thoroughbred racing's comeback jockey of the year, Patrick Valenzuela, won divisions of the featured Oceanside Stakes today before the largest opening-day crowd in Del Mar history, 37,439.

  • Lured by perfect weather and a Triple Crown bid, fans crowded into Belmont Park on Saturday.

    Schwartz Hopeful for Record Belmont Crowd

    New York Racing Association chairman and CEO Barry Schwartz said Saturday morning at Belmont Park that he is hoping for one thing -- a crowd of more than 85,818. All indications are he might just get it.

  • Simulcasting Helps Stabilize Turf Paradise Numbers

    Growth in simulcast wagering helped stabilize Turf Paradise's average daily handle and attendance even though the Phoenix area racetrack ran two more days than it did during its 2000-01 meet.

  • Tampa Bay Downs Enjoys Record Meet

    Tampa Bay Downs concluded its 76th anniversary season of Thoroughbred racing May 5th with handle its live races from all-sources averaging nearly $2.1 million per day. The previous high was 1.8 million per day during the 1999-2000 season.

  • Fifth Largest Derby Crowd On Hand

    The attendance at Kentucky Derby 128 is the fifth largest in history. At Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, 145,033 patrons were on hand to witness a race in which seven betting interests are under 10-1.

  • Fans entered Oaklawn Park's grandstand on opening day.

    Oaklawn's Opening Weekend Considered Strong

    Oaklawn Park's three-day opening weekend lured more than 45,000 patrons for what officials at the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack said was one of the strongest meet kick-offs in the past 10 years.

  • Strong 2001 for NYRA

    A successful Breeders' Cup and strong meets at Saratoga and at Aqueduct this fall helped the New York Racing Association achieve gains in on-track handle and total handle for the year.

  • Siphonic, voted top horse at Hollywood Park's autumn meet.

    Higher Attendance and Handle for Hollywood Park

    Hollywood Park concluded its autumn meet Monday with a 4.8% increase in attendance and a 2.8% increase in total handle. The growth was particularly encouraging since it rained during the Southern California's 11th annual Turf Festival, the biggest day of the meet.

  • Mixed Results for Hoosier Park Meet

    Hoosier Park broke a record for all-sources handle during its 70-day meet that ended Dec. 3, but also reported declines in on-track handle, attendance, purses, and starters per race.

  • Remington Park's Meet Slumps

    Remington Park reported across-the-board declines in attendance and handle for its 59-day meet that ended Nov. 24. The Oklahoma City racetrack reported a 4.3% decline in average daily attendance to 2,337 and an 11.5% drop in average daily on-track handle to $120,551.

  • Total Handle Up at Arlington, On-Track Stats Slip

    Arlington Park's first meet to run through October produced a new single-day record handle and a 10.4% increase in average daily total handle. The tragedies of Sept. 11 were blamed for double-digit losses in on-track handle and attendance.

  • Breeders' Cup Handle Exceeds $104 million

    Total wagering on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park on Oct. 27 reached $104,145,186, making it the second highest total handle just behind last year's mark of $108,603,040. The simulcast wagering total of $91,057,372 was also the second highest in Breeders' Cup history

  • Belmont Enjoys Successful Fall Meeting

    Belmont Park posted large increases in attendance and handle for its 32-day fall meeting, helped along by its hosting of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 27. However, the quality meeting, with many graded stakes races that now serve as preps for the Breeders' Cup, was already on track to better year-ago figures without the Breeders' Cup races figured in.

  • Retama Park Growing Its Handle Through OTBs

    Retama Park ended its 50-day Thoroughbred meet with an 11% increase in total handle. Increased interest in the racetrack's signal offset a 7.8% decline in on-track handle.

  • Saratoga's Million-Fan Meet

    Saratoga attracted more than a million fans for the first time in its 137-year history. The crush of additional fans caused a slew of statistical records to fall.

  • Monmouth Park, Saratoga Set Attendance Records

    Monmouth Park's $500,000 gamble paid dividends Sunday when a record crowd of 47,127 turned out to watch Point Given in the $1.5-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at the New Jersey track. Saratoga Racecourse, where the numbers were inflated by a t-shirt giveaway, also reported record attendance Sunday.

  • Mixed Meet for Belmont Park

    Total handle for Belmont Park's 55-day meet increased 4.8%, but on-track numbers continued to be weak. Average daily on-track handle was flat at $1,929,951, while average daily attendance fell 5.9% to 8,025.

  • Arlington Off to Positive Start; Purses Raised

    The 41-day Summer Festival of Racing began this week at Arlington Park with an overnight purse increase to an average of $275,000 per day. Through the first 20 days of the overall 2001 meeting, Arlington's average daily attendance hit 8,526, a 12.6% improvement over year ago figures of 7,571.

  • Point Given's Belmont romp was witnessed by a television audience that improved by 44% over 2000.

    Belmont TV Ratings Up 44%, Handle Records Set

    Overnight television ratings for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) jumped 44 percent to 4.9 and captured 13 percent of Saturday afternoon's viewing audience in the country's top 51 media markets.

  • Contract Dispute Hurts Tampa Bay Downs Meet

    A 15-day contract dispute at the start of Tampa Bay Downs' 93-day meet was blamed by track management for declines in attendance, on-track handle, and total handle. Despite the declines, the meet set a couple single-day handle records and saw growth in its interstate simulcasting handle.

  • Hollywood Park Turns Out the Lights to Save Energy

    Faced with the possibility of the lights going dark this summer, management planned ahead and purchased four back-up generators to ensure rolling blackouts don't affect operations. But the energy crisis has already come at a cost...The power crisis also prompted Hollywood to bump up its start time on Fridays from 7:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Running lights at night would be too costly considering electricity prices will be increased up to 46% by this summer. The move could result in a drop in on-track attendance.

  • NYRA Stats Down for the Year

    The New York Racing Association saw decreases in the combined on-track handle, attendance, and total handle for Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.