Both the total handle and on-track attendance demonstrated increases on Father's Day Sunday at Monmouth Park, the first such holiday during which the track has offered sports wagering, according to the Asbury Park Press. The Father's Day crowd of 23,768 patrons bested last year's crowd by 5,241, while the on-track handle showed a 17-percent increase. The in-house simulcasting brought in an additional eight percent over 2017, and even the total bet on Monmouth's own signal was up 18 percent.
“I think the bundled stakes program (on Sunday) is well received by the public, and I think sports betting really brought a lot more people in and they were the kind of people who wager on racing, too,” said Dennis Drazin, president and CEO. “I think this shows you sports betting is not going to cannibalize our product. In fact, it makes it even stronger when we have more people there doing both.”
Monmouth has not yet released figures for the first few days of the William Hill Monmouth Park Sports Book, but Drazin indicated that the numbers were “very strong.”
Read more at the Asbury Park Press.
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