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Sunday, Nov. 01, 2009
Wagering up despite less-than-perfect weather
Special to the Herald-Leader
Wagering totals were up for Keeneland's 17-day Fall Meet, which ended on Saturday.
Though final handle figures haven't been confirmed yet, the track reported that combined on-track and off-track wagering totaled $119,055,703, up 8.7 percent from $109,482,898 in 2008. Average daily total wagering was $7,003,277, up from $6,440,170 last fall.
On-track wagering on live racing totaled $17,337,248, down 9.1 percent from $19,065,818 for the 2008 fall meeting. Average daily on-track wagering was $1,019,838 compared to $1,121,519.
Unseasonably cool, rainy weather throughout most of the month had an impact on Keeneland's attendance, which totaled 192,211 for the meet, a decrease of 19.6 percent from last fall's 239,117. Average daily attendance was 11,307 compared to 14,065 in 2008.
Keeneland credited the increase in simulcast wagering to the quality of the racing and competition.
"While the inclement weather adversely affected attendance, thanks to Polytrack, our racing remained at a consistently high level," said Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson. "Our ability to card full race fields every day during the meeting made Keeneland an attractive simulcast product and contributed to increases in wagering."
Trainer Ken McPeek took his first Keeneland training title with 17 wins, including victories by Noble's Promise in the Grade I Dixiana Breeders' Futurity and by House of Grace in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes. McPeek had the most wins by a trainer during the fall since the 17 recorded by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas in the fall of 1995.
Jockey Robby Albarado earned his second consecutive fall meet riding title and fourth overall with 25 wins.
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some rough weather this year
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It amazes me that Keenland, Arlington and Woodbine have seemed to have very few, if any issues with Polytrack, but yet California has had nothing but issues (both real and perception) about their Poly, Cushion and Pro Ride.
I know the climate is a bit different, but geesh.
BTW, congrats to McPeek and Robby Albarado for cleaning up at Keeneland.
To show that Robby wasn't just depending on McPeek, he won four races Sunday at CD for 3 different trainers. Smokin'!!!
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