09/26/2012 3:28PM

Fairplex enjoys 8 percent bump in handle


POMONA, Calif. – Business boomed this fall at Fairplex Park, where the 2012 Los Angeles County Fair race meet ended Sunday with an all-sources handle increase of nearly 8 percent over 2011.

Average daily handle for the 13-day meet increased by nearly $350,000 as bettors wagered more than $5.1 million daily. Overall handle for the Sept. 7-24 meet according to preliminary figures was more than $67 million.

Fairplex wagering business benefited from six pick-six carryovers during the short meet – an unusually high number – including a triple carryover of $214,764 into the first Wednesday. Bettors wagered more than $1.1 million on the pick six into the Sept. 12 triple-carryover card, and the momentum continued throughout the meet. While unusually hot weather affected ontrack business, out-of-state handle soared to $27.2 million, an 18 percent increase over 2011.

On the racetrack, Edwin Maldonado unseated Martin Pedroza as leading rider. Pedroza, the track’s all-time leading rider with 705 wins, had won the Fairplex title 13 straight years. Maldonado led Pedroza 26-19.

Jorge Gutierrez won five races to lead the trainer standings.

Favorites won just 26 percent at the meet.