Santa Anita: Attendance Up, Handle Dips Slightly At Winter Meet

by | 04.11.2016 | 8:18am
Santa Anita

Santa Anita's 2015-16 Winter Meet drew to a close Sunday, with the track posting an eight percent gain in on-track attendance as it continues to focus on growing the sport by bringing new fans to America's most beautiful racing venue. Santa Anita all sources handle was down slightly by one percent.

The 63-day Winter Meet, which began on Dec. 26, included numerous racing highlights, including 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome winning the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9; 2015 Eclipse Champion Juvenile Nyquist taking the Grade II San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15; 2015 Eclipse Champion Juvenile Filly, Songbird, winning three stakes, the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 6, the Grade III Santa Ysabel on March 5, and the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 9; and Exaggerator taking the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.

For the fourth consecutive year and seventh time overall, Rafael Bejarano led the Winter Meet jockey standings, finishing with 74 wins. He also finished tied with Gary Stevens for most stakes races won, with eight. Bejarano, 34, now has 24 overall Southern California titles.

In the trainer's race, upstart Phil D'Amato took his first Santa Anita training title with 74 winners. D'Amato also led in the stakes-won category, as his stable won eight added money races.

Hronis Racing, LLC led all owners with 12 Winter Meet victories.

With Santa Anita closing until its Spring Meet opener on May 5, Golden Gate Fields will be conducting a Turf Festival over the next three weekends, as the Bay Area track will offer increased purses and provide Southern-California-based horsemen free shipping to and from Golden Gate.

  • Andrew A.

    Pretty hard to be more misleading that this press release. Last I checked (as of last week) on track handle was down close to 10% but they say on track attendance was up 8%.

    Congratulations on getting more people to the track who don’t bet.

    • Roger

      SOURCE: CHRIMS
      ===============================
      SA MEETS
      =================================
      2014-15 Meet [Dec.26-2014-April 12-2015]
      2015-16 Meet [Dec.26-2015 -April10-2016]
      =========================================
      DAYS / # RACES
      ————————————————
      2014 -15 Meet = 64 / 553
      2015 -16 Meet = 63 / 553
      ============================
      ================================
      ON TRACK HANDLE
      ———————————————-
      2014-15 Meet = 58,610,881
      2015-16 Meet = 54,445,801
      ————————————————-
      DOWN – $4,165,080
      ============================
      =============================
      BRICK MORTAR
      —————————————————
      2014-15 Meet = $77,068,685
      2015-16 Meet = $69,520,501
      —————————————————–
      DOWN – $7,548,184
      ==============================
      ===============================
      ADW-CA
      ———————————————–
      2014-15 Meet = $55,796,127
      2015-16 Meet = $55,212,858
      ——————————————————
      DOWN – $583,269
      ===============================
      =======================================
      OUT OF STATE
      —————————————————————-
      2014-15 Meet = $342,503,254
      2015-16 Meet = $336,884,152
      ————————————————-
      DOWN – $5,619,102
      ================================
      ==================================
      SA MEET – TOTAL HANDLE
      ————————————————————-
      2014-15 Meet = $533,978,947
      2015-16 Meet = $516,063,312
      ——————————————————-
      DOWN – $17,915,635
      =============================
      =============================

      • David Worley

        Those are decisive figures; and they aren’t good. Thanks for posting.

  • Jerry

    HORSES LEAVING, OWNERS LEAVING, TRAINERS LEAVING, JOCKEYS LEAVING, HANDLE DOWN, LOUSY TURF COURSE, TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT AND LOWER PURSES – IT’S ALL GOOD AND GETTING WORSE!

  • David Stevenson

    This has been a growing calamity that is indicative of a total lack of understanding how to operate a racecourse of this magnitude with a deteriorating horse herd and a complete lack of vision for what appeals to both patrons and bettors. It signals a crisis for the industry itself as the deficits are indicative of a national trend.

  • gus stewart

    You know they are trying things, so not negative with that comment….. but here’s the truth, day racing thur fri sat will never get better only worse in so cal. No matter what you do it wont carryover week after week. Also is mr brackpool the photo op model for the track.. i dont go much on track but 50 percent of time he is in winner circle doing a trophey presentation. Am i missing something is he a significant person outside of santa anita executives. Is he sopposed to be a need to see guy at the track.. just asking…

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