12/06/2014 6:52PM

Opening-day handle up more than 10 percent over last year

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Opening day of the 2014-15 Gulfstream Park meet was a smashing success, with the overall handle of $10.06 million on the 10-race program up more than 10 percent over the $8.8 million wagered on opening day last year. Perfect weather and a huge crowd also helped produce a staggering 36 percent gain in on-track handle compared to opening day in 2013.

The increase in business on the 10-race program, which featured eight Claiming Crown races, came about despite the current impasse between the Stronach Group and the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative, which represents 23 tracks around the country. The dispute prevented wagering on the signal from any Stronach-owned racetracks, including Gulfstream Park, on Saturday.  Handle from the Mid-Atlantic exceeded $700,000 on opening day here a year ago.

“Being up over 10 percent from last year without the Mid-Atlantic is huge,” said Gulfstream Park Vice President of Racing and newly appointed General Manager P.J. Campo. “It was a great day, and we had a great crowd.”

Full fields abounded on opening day, with 14 horses going postward in eight of the 10 races on the card, including the finale, the Claiming Crown Jewel, won by trainer Nick Zito’s 17-1 shot, Catholic Cowboy.

TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank the stronach group for inspiring me to finally QUIT this CORRUPT & GREEDY game. your greed was the last nail in the racing coffin for me! may this game rip. I now have at least 5 or 6 hundred extra a month now in my pocket that will make for a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic day and great job by Tim RITVO and PJ Campo, they deserved all the credit, Florida will be Mecca of racing in USA
Kenny H More than 1 year ago
Gulfstream always has been in my eyes, but I'm an old timer! I had some really good times there throughout the 70's.....good times and great location!
tommy More than 1 year ago
The opening day had honest racing!!! When races are fixed people tend to stay away
tommy More than 1 year ago
The reason the handle went up is because I was placing heavy bets!! Of course I won ALL my races and got lots of MONEY!!! I hit the last 5 races in daily doubles, trifecta, and exacta. I didn't bother playing super. Also I got more money than playing pick 4. I hit one 100 daily double which paid 10 thousand dollars!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The figures presented appear to tell only part of the story. Per equibase historical charts; GP opening day on 12/1/2012 handled approximately 12.2 million with 10 million from inter-state wagers. The first Saturday in December 2013 was 12/7/2013 and GP handled 8.8 million. Yesterday the handle was 10.06 million an increase from 2103 but 2 million less than 2012. Unfortunately the 2013 & 2014 charts do not separate the on-track, intra state and inter state figures. It will be interesting to see how the rest of December compares to previous years.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Huh??? Beyer speed figures ???? I'm top exercise physiologist who works during nba combine and one test we use for anaerobic fitness is VO2 max testing. Based on weight, distance, time, you can calculate all the winners!! I even created a system to calculate and accurately predict the anaerobic threshold/lactate threshold!! I also know when a race is fixed and this Saturday at aqueduct and Gulf Stream were no fixed races !!! Maybe the tracks got pressured because there handles were dropping
tommy More than 1 year ago
Vo2 max testing is good for anaerobic and aerobic fitness !
Francisco Sanabria More than 1 year ago
Congratulations P.J. we all very proud of you.Dad must be laughing in heaven.keep the good work.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
I guess the Midatlantic Group is off for the weekend lol. I see nothing of any type of resolution with this.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Sure did improve their bargaining position didn't they.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Think of all the money they lost today by pulling the plugs instead of negotiating and living the signal open. Did you get the link I sent you on the other blog about this situation?
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I did, thanks and still don't understand why DRF did not make the situation clear. One guy was asking for a list of the members of the co-op, which I'd like to see myself. I guess current events aren't relevant.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
I wonder if these 25 tracks or so all blacked out. Like Delaware as a State wasn't suppose to be an effected state but is part of the co-op. For instance, was the signal blacked out at that track? They are part of the 25 or do they just pick and choose.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I'd predict a bunch of em approaching Gulfstream with hat in hand.
william More than 1 year ago
meanwhile, NYRA is nearly outhandled by Tampa Bay Downs
Mike More than 1 year ago
Not a fair comparison NYRA falling apart -LOL!
Francisco Sanabria More than 1 year ago
P.J.Campo well bred son of J.P.Campo-Mrs.Peggy Bred in new York,We all very proud of you and your roots.Takes a horseman to do the things you have done in the racing industry.Congratulations in your successful journey to Florida.Gulfstream park already began to fill the commitment you have with racing.I'm very proud of you and your father should be laughing in heaven.