03/08/2012 4:47PM

Aqueduct: Business remains brisk in February


Aqueduct enjoyed a second straight solid month in terms of handle, posting big gains in all-sources and ontrack handle in February when compared with last year.

Average daily all-sources handle was $6,366,370, up 20 percent from the 2011 figure of $5,324,562. Total daily handle was up 48 percent to $133,693,761 from $90,517,548. There were four more racing days and 44 more races run in February 2012 than February 2011 when there were four cancellations.

Average daily ontrack handle in February was $839,867, up 8 percent from the 2011 figure of $780,642. Total ontrack handle was $17,637,215, up 33 percent from the 2011 figure of $13,270,919.

Daily average ontrack attendance was down 9 percent to 3,846 from 4,219. Total attendance was up 13 percent from 71,720 to 80,579.

In January, Aqueduct enjoyed an 8-percent increase in daily ontrack handle and a 7 percent increase in total handle.

Lunar Victory to get a break

Lunar Victory, the Juddmonte Farms New York-bred who bled while winning his third straight race on Saturday, will get a vacation, assistant trainer Leana Willaford said Thursday.

Willaford, who runs Bill Mott’s New York string, said that Lunar Victory came out of the race sound physically, but added “He didn’t handle the track very well and that stressed him,” Willaford said. “They can mess around with him on the farm and hopefully we’ll have him back for Saratoga.”

Willaford said that Lunar Victory would remain in New York for a few more days before vanning to Lexington, Ky.