Handle Remains Solid Through Second Week At Del Mar
Handle numbers continued to register well at the Del Mar meet as the track finished its second full week of Thoroughbred sport on Sunday (7/29).
With 10 days of racing in the books, the seaside oval could brag of an on-track betting gain of approximately 8.7% and an overall boost on all wagering of 1.7% when its numbers were compared to its 2011 season.
On-track handle thus far at the 75th Anniversary meet totaled at $24,508,705 (as opposed to $22,552,553 in 2011) for a daily average of $2,450,871 ($2,255,255). Total handle was $118,190,913 ($116,215,047) for a daily average of $11,819,091 ($11,621,505).
Del Mar also showed a nice bump up in its Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) figures. The total of $26,811,763 was 9.4% ahead of the 2011 digits of $24,504,210.
Del Marís attendance numbers continued to trail the 2011 figures, but they showed an improvement over the first week of racing. Attendance was down just under 4.3% for the first 10 days at 198,456, a drop of just over 8,910 from last yearís two-week figure of 207,366. The first week of the 2012 session had seen the track behind 8.4% in fan count.
The horse count showed an improvement as the meet settled into stride. Through 10 days in 2011, Del Mar had run 88 races and averaged 8.24 horses per race. Through 10 days this year, the track had run 89 races and averaged a slightly better 8.31 horses per race.
A hotly contested jockey race continued to manifest itself as Rafael Bejarano and Garrett Gomez both staked claims to a riding crown. Both finished the second week with 16 victories in 10 days of racing and neither appeared to slow in their battle of the winnerís circle.
On the trainerís side of the ledger, four-time Del Mar champ Doug OíNeill rang up three tallies on Sunday to pull to the front with 10 firsts in 10 days. Behind him are Peter Miller with seven victories and Bob Baffert with six.
Del Marís 37-day race meet will resume on Wednesday with a first post of 2 p.m.