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Numbers On The Rise As Del Mar Gets Off And Running

Racing’s statistical benchmarks all rang higher and truer at Del Mar Sunday evening as the seaside track completed the first week of its 37-day summer stand, its 74th season of Thoroughbred sport.

After five days of first-class racing, the shore oval saw on-track handle rise by 3.3% to $13,680,735 from last year’s $13,247,840, a daily average for 2013 of $2,736,147. It also saw a rise in its Advanced Deposit Wagering figures from a total of $14,330,520 (for an average of $2,866,104) to $16,452,878 ($3,290,576), a sizeable enhancement of 14.8%.

Overall, the track’s total pari-mutuel handle from all sources went from $62,098,605 (a daily average of $12,419,721) to $65,222,976 ($13,044,595), amounting to a 5.0% jump.

On the attendance front, on-track crowds showed a slight rise when compared to 2012 – a five-day increase from 107,336 last year to 108,165, measuring just under 1%. The daily average thus far in 2013 is 21,633, keyed, of course, by the track’s big opening day crowd of 43,030.

On the horse front, the track also showed ‘ups’ in several areas. Through the initial week of 2012, there had been 45 races with 367 starters for a per-race average of 8.2. After the same span this year, the track had run the same 45 races, but has 398 starters for an 8.8 horse-per-race average.  

The track’s “Ship and Win” program, now in its third summer, also registered positives. The incentive plan, which provides a $1,000 starter fee for all out-of-state horses, as well as a 33 1/3% bonus on top of first-race purse earnings, increased after one week by two horse – 28 to 26 – and by two winners – six as opposed to four.

Del Mar’s seven-week season continues on Wednesday with first post slated for 2 p.m.


7/21/13                                                           ###