11/17/2014 10:45AM

Pick six carryovers swell business


DEL MAR, Calif. - The big pick six carryovers over the weekend continued a surge in handle for Del Mar through the first two weeks of the meet.

On Sunday, with $599,483 already in the kitty courtesy of a three-day carryover, bettors poured another $2,552,818 into the pick six pool. That contributed to an overall handle for the day of $11,932,117. On the comparable Sunday at Hollywood Park last year (Nov. 17) the handle was $8.5 million. The handle at Santa Anita on Oct. 26, the Sunday prior to the Breeders’ Cup, was $10.2 million.

Del Mar also had superior attendance by comparison, even with the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers home on Sunday against their arch-rivals, the Oakland Raiders. There were 5,587 people here, compared to 5,555 on Oct. 26 at Santa Anita and 4,084 at Hollywood Park last Nov. 17.

On Saturday, when there was a mere two-day carryover, the day’s handle was $12,719,144, compared to the $9.29 million on the comparable date at Hollywood Park one year earlier (Nov. 16), as well as the $9.88 million at Santa Anita on Oct. 25, the Saturday prior to the Breeders’ Cup.

It was impossible to compare attendance figures on Saturday. Del Mar had a post-race concert, and included the attendance for that, for an announced crowd of 19,704. Hollywood had 3,845 on the comparable date in 2013, and Santa Anita had 8,957 on Oct. 25.

Sunday marked the seventh day of this 15-day season. There will be racing Thursday-Sunday both this week and next week, with closing day on Nov. 30.

cappelletti63 More than 1 year ago
It makes you think that maybe they are causing a carry over ... At least that's how it's been looking to me.....
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
That's too many moving parts to make happen. You would be talking about dozens of trainers, jockey's, and horses. No way anybody could plan that.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
easy to do. lots of 20k maiden races, 10k claimers and 20k claiming turf races with 10-12 horses. works every time
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Good point Cap. Sure, of course no connections are directly involved. But, now because of these carryovers, racetracks have a stake in the outcome of races....this is not good........period. Does anyone think they don't want a carryover? Especially before their big Saturday cards. So, now because they have a stake in people not hitting the pick 6, they card the hardest biggest races in the pick 6...and can also affect the track surface. This is a fact. Even if someone believes there is no caring or manipulation of the cards....the fact that racetracks benefit from a "surprise" longshot winning in the sequence does have the appearance of impropriety. Just saying.
russell More than 1 year ago
Very few people play the P6. But those that do invest a lot to win it. You need serious cash and patience to take down the P6. And if favs all come in you might lose money.
Chas More than 1 year ago
How is 32 more people at Del Mar vs. Santa Anita a 'superior' attendance? Any comparison should be with what Hollywood Park did at this time last yr....only use Santa Anita numbers to point out if racing interest is holding...Carry overs and and concerts are easy to figure out their impact...look at the day before a carry over to see how much the + is to the handle and attendance...concert just look at who is playing and the type of venues play out...still solid numbers compared to Hollywood Park which a lot of fans just didn't care to go to anymore for reasons was the majority of why attendance was always low...add small fields and that will reduce handle and attendance even more... Embrace Del Mar as it is all we have let for racing at this time of the yr....
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Not sure I'm happy that racetracks benefit from the outcome of races....but, I have to admit carryovers do increase fan participation. Good to see the folks are supporting such a great meet. Del Mar is just as beautiful in the fall as in the summer.
Roger More than 1 year ago
Your HANDLE numbers that you've used have come from what source? Certainly not CHRIMS and Equibase Pool Chart Totals......expect better from an experienced So Cal racing journalist.
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
The track is the one that releases the numbers. I just did a quick scan through and it seems pretty legit to me.