09/26/2001 12:00AM

Fairplex handle takes slight dip


POMONA, Calif. - The Los Angeles County Fair ended its 2001 meet on Monday with only a 2 percent loss in overall handle, despite the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 that led to cancellation of one day of the scheduled 18-day meet at Fairplex Park.

Overall handle was $104,203,615 for a 17-day meet, a daily average of more than $6.1 million. Ontrack handle fell 3 percent; intertrack wagering was down 5 percent; and out-of-state handle grew 4 percent. Ontrack attendance fell 2 percent to 121,497, an average of 76,146 per day.

Fairplex racing manager George Bradvica said he was satisfied with the meet, considering the turmoil surrounding the Sept. 11 events. "We basically lost two days, so I thought we did very well," Bradvica said. Racing was cancelled outright on Sept. 11, and the Sept. 12 simulcast network was severely limited.

On the racetrack, Jeff Mullins led the trainer standings with 11 winners, while Martin Pedroza led the jockey standings by riding 29 winners.