05/17/2013 8:08PM

Pimlico: Handle down on Black-Eyed Susan card

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Total handle on the 13-race card at Pimlico Race Course on Friday featuring the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes was down 3.9 percent compared to wagering on the same card last year, according to an analysis of the racing charts for each year.

Commingled handle for the 13 races was $12.49 million, according to the charts, compared to $12.99 million last year. The Black-Eyed Susan, which had its purse bumped from $300,000 to $500,000 this year, had seven runners this year, compared to nine last year, and the Pimlico Special had six runners, compared to nine for the 2012 running.

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Although handle on the Black-Eyed Susan was down 12 percent and handle on the Special was down 32 percent, many of the other races on the card had higher handle totals this year than last year. Wagering on the Black -yed Susan dropped $250,000 this year, while handle on the Special declined $800,000.

Pimlico has attempted over the past several years to draw more attention to the Black=Eyed Susan card, which takes place one day before the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown. Pimlico announced at the end of the Friday card that attendance was 38,957.  

anonymous More than 1 year ago
They keep trying to play up filly races these last few years and all it does is confuse people. The BIG race is the Preakness on Saturday. These other races and events should be supportive of the feature event. But instead, they try to tell you that a race of the top fillies ( whether or not this was), is something you should give equal attention to as the Preakness. Same thing goes for the Kentucky Oaks vs Kentucky Derby. It's too complicated! And it was all brought about because a couple of good fillies raced a few years ago but now what?
Butch & Bobbie More than 1 year ago
The BES card was absolutely horrendous. They shouldn't be alarmed that the handle was down. I'm surprised it's only down 3%. That card looked like a Wednesday's card at Keeneland. I'd fire the racing secretary on down. Too bad there isn't another entity to assume the running of the Preakness.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
There were scratches every stakes race. For some reason I find Maryland racing almost unbettable. I will play Saturdays card (for short money),but I doubt I'll bet 5 more races at Pim. or Lrl for the rest of the year.Very boring.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Thru the ROOF take out doesn't help !
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
In these times things were pretty damn good...ty...
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
The race card was relatively bland. Does that explain it? It's not Louisville where people travel from all over to attend. If anybody is going to Pimlico, they're going for Saturday. There are more locals betting at this track. Locals are not spending celebrity money. There is your story DRF.
Tex Renegade More than 1 year ago
Little surprise....a steady stream of even money favorites winning 90% of the races on the card. Typical BORING Maryland racing, which has got to be the most miserable racing circuit in America!
wolves More than 1 year ago
NYRA isn't much better....other than Saratoga, you have a steady stream of 5-6 horse fields. When you do get 10 or 12 entered, between 4-8 will scratch
Adam DeSantis More than 1 year ago
I agree and I don't see tomorrows card being much better...I watched the replays of todays races the payoffs were disgusting. I wish Keeneland ran year round.
Mooch J More than 1 year ago
It is proven when a bunch of chalk wins it increases the handle, and I can understand this because the person that cashes $100 win bet on the chalk is going to put it back in but the person that hits that longshot is going to put the cash in their mouth and pray for lock-jaw