11/19/2003 12:00AM

Hoosier: Card sets handle record


ANDERSON, Ind. - Hoosier Park continues to enjoy gains in the sale of its simulcast signal and posted a record last Friday, when $2,148,922 was wagered off track. With ontrack wagering of $58,699, the combined total of $2,207,621 represented a record for a single night's card.

Hoosier's combined average nightly handle of $1,411,203 is up from last year, when the track finished the season with an average combined handle of $1,220,255 per night. Ontrack business is slightly off at $57,435 this year, compared to its final average of $62,692 a year ago.

Trainer Ralph Martinez continues to sizzle in the standings and has built a 56-22 advantage entering this week's racing. Martinez and his sole owner, Louis D. O'Brien, have sent out at least one winner on each of the past 12 racing cards.

O'Brien and Martinez, in their first year of competing at Hoosier Park, have both moved into the all-time top 10 lists in their respective divisions.

Martinez is eighth in career wins at the track with 56. O'Brien has moved into third all-time on the owners' win list.

Quarter Horse racing finished its stand of 12 nights with a total of 38 races being offered. Sherri Loy took home the training title with seven wins, edging Gary Baim, who won five races. Scott Orm edged Troy Crissup by a 6-5 margin in the rider standings.

Hoosier Park will offer a special early card on Thanksgiving Day with a first post at 11:15 a.m Eastern.