Del Mar Attendance Up; Handle And Field Size Down

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Bloodhorse announced today that the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club reported an increase in attendance and a decrease in handle.

Perhaps the most significant statistic, though, is the decrease in field size. Large fields attract more betting, and let's face it: If what is arguably the country's premier thoroughbred meet cannot attract runners, it does not bode well.

A big thumbs up to Del Mar to getting people through the gates, now let's hope they can work their magic with the horsemen

From the Bloodhorse article:

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club ended its 37-day meet Sept. 8 with a 4.2% increase in average daily attendance and a 6.8% decline in average daily wagering.

The seaside California racetrack reported total attendance of 662,521 for a daily average 17,906, compared with a daily average of 17,181 from a total turnstile count of 635,679 in 2009.

With a decrease of 19 races—5.5%—from last year, all-sources average daily handle of $12,154,359 represented a decline of 6.8% from last year’s daily average of $13,039,998. Del Mar reported total handle of $449,711,296, compared with $482,479,925 in 2009.

Del Mar averaged 8.2 runners per race, down from last year’s 8.5 per-race average.

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