02/19/2015 3:26PM

California betting increases for January, board reports


ARCADIA, Calif. – Betting at California tracks rose by 3.4 percent in January compared with the same month last year, executive director Rick Baedeker said at Wednesday’s California Horse Racing Board meeting.

Baedeker said that handle on daytime Thoroughbred programs at Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita rose by 1 percent in January. Business at nighttime meetings of Quarter Horses and lower-level Thoroughbreds at Los Alamitos and harness racing at Cal-Expo rose 27.8 percent.

Baedeker cited an increase in account wagering on nighttime races and additional racing days as reasons for the improved business.

In 2014, handle on all races in California was down 1.3 percent compared with 2013, to $3.06 billion.

◗ Dortmund, unbeaten in four starts and a leading contender for the Triple Crown, worked a half-mile in 49 seconds at Santa Anita on Thursday.

Trained by Bob Baffert for Kaleem Shah, Dortmund won the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7. Thursday’s workout was the first for Dortmund since the Lewis. The colt is a candidate for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.

Bob More than 1 year ago
It's not because the racing in California is suddenly better or more interesting, it's because half the tracks on the eastern seaboard were closed for the better part of January due to the weather.
Robert Mendoza More than 1 year ago
it would be nice if the stronach group and mid atlantic would settle their dispute so we can bet santa anita and gulfstream!!!!!!
David G. More than 1 year ago
Would the consistent cancellation of NYRA races possibly have an impact on the California handle, and for that matter everywhere else? A bettor; after all, that has a desire to place a wager, will seek out a replacement circuit to wager on if his/her favorite track is not available to wager on that day.
Mike More than 1 year ago
100% true - but the people running racing don't realize it.