Attendance Up, Betting Down at Santa Anita Opener

by | 12.27.2013 | 8:45am
Santa Anita Park

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.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form

  • 4Bellwether666

    So what…Main St. is in a depression…Frankie Pankie still made a ton on Food & Beverage…But… they don’t report those #’s…

  • Flag Is Up

    Santa Anita’s opening day “attendence numbers” are really a huge joke! The number of people that pay for multiple entries, get their calanders and leave would astound you! On track handle is the only true indication of where things are headed.

    • David

      Good news is (wagering) declines have stabilized; bad news is the new normal is but a shadow of ’00 level . . . glass half full indeed.

  • Richard C

    People are saving cash for the Hollywood Park auction.

  • HogHater

    Sat at Table 103 in the Turf Club (obstructed view due to construction and The Frontrunner). Server and busboy couldn’t have been nicer, but a 2-hour wait for a couple salads and a couple of drinks is stretching it.
    My personal churn for the day was about $5,000 and I managed to post a small profit. No lines at all at the very well-staffed windows, but the self-service terminals were clogged up by the dime superfecta players. Note to mutual clerks, most tracks do have 50-cent minimum exotic bets!
    Nice facelifts/overhaul of many of the areas and great video screens throughout.
    Good buzz in the place and high-quality racing. Looked more like 18,000-20,000 in the house.

  • powaymojo

    I can agree with distorted number for attendance BUT, is it really statistically valid to compare handle with Betfair when they have a casino?

    The first dry Saturday of SA last year was $181/person. Last Saturday at BHP, was $294/person.

    Seems we are comparing apples and oranges here.



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