Increases in Handle, Attendance Reported on Santa Anita Derby Day

by | 04.07.2014 | 8:42am
California Chrome heads to victory in the 2014 Santa Anita Derby

Santa Anita Derby Day was an across-the-board success, according to racetrack officials.

Attendance figures for the day showed that 35,241 people came out to watch California Chrome charge to victory in the day's feature race. That figure was a seven percent increase from 2013. It also marked the highest attendance for the current meeting, surpassing the 30,540 set on opening day.

Officials also reported that all-sources handle was up – 13 percent over 2013. The figures for Saturday were $22,542,443; for 2013 it was $19,897,306.

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  • Bellwether

    They just can’t kill it!!!…

  • nu-fan

    Doesn’t surprise me. The general public needs to be attracted by a “star” such as California Chrome. The story behind this horse and that it is a Cal-bred couldn’t help but gain attention to those living in So Cal–as well as No Cal. This isn’t the first time that a super horse brings in casual fans and it won’t be the last. I can’t help but wonder if those in the horseracing industry as well as ardent fans forget that the general public doesn’t follow horseracing, closely, and doesn’t have the same perspective as those who do. These casual fans need that “something extra” that entices them to go to the races. The best thing that could happen for thoroughbred racing, right now, is to have another triple crown winner. That makes news! That will bring a lot of people back to the track. Then, it’s up to the horseracing community to figure out how to keep them attending.

  • Roger

    Typical INFLATED figures from So Cal track……check CHRIMS Handle for SA on Saturday …
    $19,948,160.

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