The increase in field size is very good news for the ValueCapper!
Santa Anita bucks industry trends, ends autumn meet with solid gains
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2011)—Santa Anita’s inaugural 24-day Autumn Meet concluded Sunday, as The Great Race Place stood tall in the face of declining industry revenues, posting significant gains in on-track attendance, handle and in average-per-race field size when compared to like racing dates the past two years.
Average field size for the meet was 8.8 horses per race, a significant increase from 2009, when field size was 7.7 horses per race. Average daily on-track attendance was up one percent over 2009 and average daily on-track pari-mutuel handle was up six percent.