08/26/2013 1:26PM

Del Mar handle still up heading into home stretch


DEL MAR, Calif. – As Del Mar heads into the final seven days of a meeting that ends on Sept. 4, it continues to show gains for both overall handle and ontrack handle, and is almost even in ontrack attendance, all compared to its 2012 numbers.

Del Mar through Sunday – the end of the sixth week of racing – is averaging $12,775,374 per day in handle, an increase of 6.8 percent over last year. Del Mar handled $19.7 million on Sunday’s Pacific Classic card, one day after the track had to refund $1 million in wagers owing to a starting-gate malfunction in Saturday’s final race.

Ontrack handle is averaging $2,530,490 per day, an increase of 5.6 percent from last year.

Field size is a driving force in the increased business. Del Mar is averaging 8.7 runners per race this year, compared to 8.5 a year ago.

Attendance is averaging 18,122 per day compared to an average of 18,209 per day through the same period a year ago. There was a crowd of 29,319 at the Pacific Classic, lured not only by a great card of racing, but also a T-shirt giveaway.

Walter More than 1 year ago
Having a carryover every Wednesday helped the numbers immensely. It created a buzz & generated large betting pools for subpar Wednesday racing cards.
Roger More than 1 year ago
Del Mar handled $17,145,652 {Equibase pool totals} the other $2.6 million is SO Cal tracks INFLATED accounting method.....includes bets by on-track customers and their in-house satellite to OTHER TRACKS (Saratoga,Gulfstream,Woodbine,etc.) as part of their own handle.Based on Equibase pool totals last Sunday of Pacific Classic Card = $17,145,652 vs 2012 CHRIMS handle numbers on Pacific Classic day ($19,453,982 - double carryover P-6 last year)...Del Mar was DOWN = $2,308,330 after last Sunday.