Updated on 09/16/2011 8:35AM

Beulah Park track report


GROVE CITY, Ohio - Beulah Park has seen a dramatic upturn at the entry box in the past several weeks.

Entries for the first three weeks of the fall meet, which began Sept. 14, were uncharacteristically light considering this meet traditionally is among the tops in the nation in terms of average field size. Several racing programs early in the meet failed to attract double-digit fields in any race.

But field size here has increased lately, and 14 of the 21 races carded from Wednesday to Friday this week drew full fields. Beulah Park runs only seven races on most racing days as part of a 7&7 alternating-race format with Thistledown.

Ed Vomacka, who is serving his first full year as Beulah Park's racing secretary, credits several factors for the increase at the entry box.

"We have been getting more entries lately from people shipping in from farms and training centers. The trainers on the grounds were never really the problem," said Vomacka, who added that several trainers who were granted stalls here for the meet arrived late as they awaited the end of meetings at other tracks before shipping to Beulah.

"We are also picking up horses that have been running at the back of the pack at Hoosier. Guys are taking shots at the higher purses, but if they aren't picking up a check, a lot of them are entering here," Vomacka added, referring to Hoosier Park, where purses in similar classes are often worth at least twice as much as those at Beulah because of purse supplements from riverboat casinos in Indiana.

Beulah Park's fall meeting runs on a Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule through Dec. 22 and is followed by a winter-spring meeting that begins in January and runs through Kentucky Derby Day.