On-track attendance at The Great Race Place continued its upward trend on Gold Cup Day, as 17,634 fans came out to kick off the three-day Memorial Weekend. Yesterday's attendance marked an eight percent increase over last year's Gold Cup Day, and dating back to the 45,514 that attended on opening day, Dec. 26, on-track attendance is up four percent.
Additionally, yesterday's overall pari-mutuel handle of $13.4 million was up six percent over last year's $12.6 million.
Following are some key Winter/Spring dates and comparative year to year data:
—Dec. 26, Opening Day: On-track attendance, 46,514, up four percent. Total handle, $18.4 million, up five percent.
—March 11, Santa Anita Handicap Day: On-track attendance, 29,412, up eight percent. Total handle, $18.4 million, up three percent.
—April 8, Santa Anita Derby Day: On-track attendance, 36,155, up 30 percent.Total handle, $20.9 million, up three percent.
–May 6, Kentucky Derby Day: On-track attendance, 23,795, up four percent. Total handle, $19.2 million, up 14 percent.
–May 20, Preakness Day: On-track attendance, 20,058, up five percent. Total handle, $15.8 million, down five percent.
–May 27, Gold Cup Day: On-track attendance, 17,634, up eight percent. Total handle, $13.4 million, up six percent.
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