04/06/2014 2:20PM

Santa Anita Derby Day produces attendance, handle gains


ARCADIA, Calif.- Ontrack attendance and handle for Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby program exceeded the corresponding day in 2013, according to figures released by the track.

The ontrack crowd of 35,241 was 7 percent higher than 2013 figure of 33,005. All-sources handle was $22,542,443, a gain of 13 percent over the $19,897,306 from last year.  The ontrack handle of $4,065,716 was $18,006 higher than in 2013.

Saturday’s ontrack attendance was the highest of the meeting, exceeding the 30,540 who attended the opening day on Dec. 26. There were 27,121 ontrack for the Santa Anita Handicap program on March 8.

The Santa Anita Handicap program had the highest all-sources handle of the meeting to date - $22,589,082.

Both the 2013 Santa Anita Derby day and Saturday’s card had 11 races, five of which were stakes. Saturday’s program had 110 runners, compared with 98 on the 2013 Santa Anita Derby Day.

The larger field sizes on Saturday reverses a months-long trend that has plagued this meeting. Through Saturday, fields have averaged 7.65 runners per race at this meeting, lower than the 8.17 starters per race through the corresponding date in 2013. This year, there have been six fewer races run, 533 compared with 539 in 2013. For the entire 2012-2013 winter-spring meeting, fields averaged 8.08 runners for 616 races.

The current meeting runs through April 20 before the track takes a four-day break. The first Santa Anita spring-summer meeting, replacing dates formerly run at defunct Hollywood Park, begins on April 25 and runs through June 29.

Walter More than 1 year ago
Hey folks, Did you read the article? It was positive gains. Maybe Stronach should be given credit on this one?
Chas More than 1 year ago
The handle would have been about $400,000 more had the 'genius' running Santa Anita decided NOT to drop Rolling Daily Doubles....
J Vette More than 1 year ago
You are 100% CORRECT....... this idiots at SA wonder why overall, racing is fading, they took away the Parlay cards, & then they had to show how stupid they are & stop the rolling doubles...my action there has decreased about 50% with their "GENIUS" DECISION.....& as a result, instead of me going 4 days a week, I am down to 2 days a week, mainly because of NO rolling DD.& Garbage cards.
Steve More than 1 year ago
Just another example of Horse Racing "shooting itself in the foot" , which unfortunately it does on a regular basis
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
People will always find a reason to complain about something trivial
Cathy More than 1 year ago
And they also took away the place pick nine which a lot of small bettors play