11/11/2002 1:00AM

Handle up a bit at Bay Meadows

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SAN MATEO, Calif. - The total all-sources average daily handle for the 50-day Bay Meadows fall meet increased 0.6 percent, largely owed to an 8.2 percent increase in northern California offtrack wagers, including advance deposit wagering. The track did not release dollar amounts.

Ontrack handle declined by 7.5 percent, while out-of-state handle declined by 1.9 percent.

Ontrack attendance fell by 3 percent, largely the result of a 53.8 percent drop on the first three Fridays of the meeting when day cards were substituted for night cards.