08/13/2014 11:38AM

Handle, attendance down through first four weeks

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Del Mar is showing declines in both on- and off-track handle, and attendance is slightly down through the first four weeks of the season.

Total handle is averaging $12,040,282, a decline of 7.6 percent from comparable dates in 2013. On-track handle is averaging $2,224,041 per day, a decline of 11.7 percent. Handle from out of state, including advance-deposit wagering based outside California, is off 9.8 percent from last year.

Attendance is off just 2.1 percent for a still-healthy average of 18,035 on-track fans per day.

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Del Mar opened this year on a Thursday, as opposed to the traditional Wednesday. The track has run 19 days so far, whereas it had run 20 days to this point last year.

To come up with comparative figures, Del Mar dropped the first Thursday of the 2013 meeting so as to include opening day for both years. Opening day usually provides the biggest crowd of the season.

KissmeCatexoxo More than 1 year ago
Serious was the last turf horse with an injury who they say was saved. But since her last race which was a month ago, she had NO workouts. No wonder she was injuries and the owners should be fined or banned for putting all others at risk. I usually go every year but will be passing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lt's the economy stupid
Kevin Cox More than 1 year ago
Reportedly 7 raceday fatalities---11 fatalities overall---including one vanned off yesterday dropping down from a Grade 3 to a 20k claimer. How many voided claims, as well ?
Marcus Semona More than 1 year ago
Del Mar this year this the single hardest track I have ever seen to win. That is what happens when you go from 7 months of dirt racing now you are forced to run on Polytrack, unpredictable form. I have seen 2-5 shots run dead last because they couldn't get a hold of the track.
. More than 1 year ago
Don't cry for California They will always have racing. They play with a stacked deck out there, about all the east coast tracks and midwest tracks are not simulcast out there. Tracks like Parx,Lrl,Del , FL I would be surprised if anyone out there knows they exist.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Great news. DelMar, when you are selling a racetrack to trendy folks that don't bet and giving the handicappers 2 crumby surfaces to wager on this is what you get. Both surfaces are abysmal to handicap. Handle is down because real bettors are slowly realizing whatever they read in the form doesn't translate to anything sensible at this track. Enjoy your squalor.
. More than 1 year ago
II have that same problem, I think the key is to wait for the second half of the meet. and stick with the trainers. I didn't hit anything there the first 2 weeks, laid back , took a break, adjusted and started hitting this week.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
I thought it was me, I can't hit a race there, not even a win. I gave up and play elsewhere. My guess is the northern California fair circuit picked up a lot of Del Mar bettors this year. As for me I am playing Finger Lakes, Delaware and Parx with a little Saratoga thrown in the mix. When Santa Anita opens then I will bet California again. I bypass Los Alamitos as well. Couldn't do too well with the new track configuration with the long stretch.
KissmeCatexoxo More than 1 year ago
Usually you can pick and win based on who ran there last summer and since most people out there don't know how to bet, you get the 10 or 15-1 winners. I had She's Flush at 50-1 just because she ran there well last year. But for whatever reason, I am not comfortable betting these unfit horses because the owners want a Del Mar winner. I look to Saratoga now.
Stephen Mercier More than 1 year ago
everyone votes with their money....my guess is that the Del Mar handle will soar next year ( or at the least the following year on good old fashioned dirt! ) I expect to be able to start pounding early in the meet with some degree of confidence now instead of waiting to see how the polytrack might play.......
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
Handle is off by 9.8% out of state and at wagering sites I believe because Todd Schrupp hosts TVG's coverage of Del Mar racing, and people are refusing to wager while he is on the air.
. More than 1 year ago
LOL! I stopped listening to those clowns years ago. I don't have time to chucklehead my money down the toilet. Love HRTV
Walter More than 1 year ago
Do you think it will get any better for the Fall Meet? My guess is no. SoCal racing, looks like the time is now for you to pay for wrongs over the past years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whiners!