Attendance Up, Betting Down at Santa Anita Opener
Just days after the last race at Betfair Hollywood Park, Santa Anita's opening day drew a crowd of 30,540—a 12 percent increase from last year—to its opening day.
Attendees were greeted with a few changes, including a reduction in boxes to make way for larger, luxury areas.
This year's Santa Anita crowd, while larger, did not bet as much as it did in 2012. Handle fell 2 percent from last year's $13,494,676. It was down a total of 19.5 percent from 2002, which is the last time the track opened on a Thursday, according to the Daily Racing Form.
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