11/04/2013 2:04PM

Santa Anita: All-sources handle rises at fall meet

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ARCADIA, Calif. – Santa Anita ended its 24-day autumn meeting Sunday with a gain in all-sources handle and steady results in ontrack attendance, track president George Haines said Sunday.

The track did not release detailed attendance and handle figures for the meeting, which included the Breeders’ Cup programs on Friday and Saturday. Santa Anita hosted the Breeders’ Cup races in 2012.

Haines said that all-sources handle for the autumn meeting showed a gain of approximately 12 percent and that ontrack attendance was “even with last year.”

In mid-October, Haines said that ontrack attendance was down 11 percent through the first three weeks of the meeting. At the time, all-sources handle was up 14 percent compared to the first half of the 2012 autumn meeting.

According to a statement released by the track, out-of-state handle increased 16 percent.

The largest segment of growth in handle occurred through account wagering, which Haines said increased by 37 percent. Haines said that overall handle has increased enough to create a surplus in the purse pool, although it was unclear whether the figure would be high enough to cause a retroactive purse increase.

Ontrack handle for the meeting was flat compared to 2012, he said.

For the two days of Breeders’ Cup races, all-sources handle grew 11 percent, from $144,272,332 in 2012 to $160,704,877 this year. Combined attendance for the two days grew 5 percent, from 89,742 in 2012 to 94,628 this year.

Field size for the meet was unchanged from 2012, at 8.96 runners per race. The track ran 220 races, two more than last year.

Mucho Macho Man, winner of Saturday’s BC Classic, was named horse of the meeting. He also won the Awesome Again Stakes here Sept. 28.

Rafael Bejarano led all riders with 26 wins, four more than Edwin Maldonado. Gary Stevens, who won the BC Distaff aboard Beholder on Friday and rode Mucho Macho Man in the BC Classic, led all riders with eight stakes wins.

Bob Baffert was leading trainer with 15 wins, including two in the Breeders’ Cup – New Year’s Day (Juvenile) and Secret Circle (Sprint). Doug O’Neill and Peter Miller tied for second in the trainer standings with 13 wins.

Santa Anita reopens for live racing on Dec. 26, a meeting that will continue until June 29. The Breeders’ Cup will be held at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2014.

Patricia Penney-Guzman More than 1 year ago
I heard that Santa Anita has the perfect weather for the Breeders Cup as well as it's turf course is much like the European tracks.
Jack More than 1 year ago
I get real SICK and Tired of Bob Baffert and his Two horse entry. All this Man does is cost the Player more Money. Play the Best looking Baffert Horse on Paper at your Own risk. Go back nto the Days when ALL Horses trained by the SAME Trainer go as ONE... Baffert has been making FOOLS out of People for years. No wonder those Grandstands are EMPTY......
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
Baffert has a stable full of good allowance and stakes caliber horses, go look at an average day's card and tell me how many races he can enter... maybe 2? Sometimes not even 1? California cards mostly claimers and thats not what Baffert does.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
If you've figured it all out, conspiracy theories aside, why don't you just bet "the other Baffert"? And please go easy on the "caps" button.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
He didn't make a fool out of anybody. The only fools were the ones who thought a 5 length maiden winner could win the BC Juvenile. My self included. New Years Day was considered his best 2 yr old early in the summer.
tyc More than 1 year ago
Why Breeder Cup let Santa Anita held this event again, that will be three years in a row?
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Because you are almost guaranteed 80 degrees. Why would you want to have the race run on off tracks which is highly likely this time of year in the mid west and east coast. As long as they do what they did Saturday, keeping the track fair. I'm down with it staying here.