09/12/2016 11:06AM

Nice weather boosts opening-weekend business

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ELMONT, N.Y. – Good weather led to good business for the opening weekend of Belmont Park’s fall meet.

All-sources handle for opening weekend, last Friday through Sunday, was $27,016,418, a 14.2 percent increase over last year’s figure of $23,661,082 for the first three days. Ontrack handle was $3,479,090, an 8.6 percent increase over last year’s figure of $3,201,596.

This year, all 15 scheduled turf races were run on the turf, whereas last year, nine of the first 15 scheduled turf races had to be moved to the dirt due to inclement weather.

Average field size for opening weekend was 7.57 horses per race compared with 6.96 last year.

T 7 months ago
Any update on the late Pick 5?
J Vette 7 months ago
Maybe business was up do to the fact that California basically has no racing, 4-5 horse fields at Los Alamitos just doesn't make for betting & or even watching.
Chas 7 months ago
You are not kidding...thank god football is back...