Retama Meet Posts Impressive Gains

retamalogoRetama Park posted impressive increases in handle and attendance for the 2012 live Thoroughbred Meet. Total on track handle for the 26-day meet was up a healthy 22% while export handle (money wagered at off track locations on Retama Park) was up a huge 49%. Live handle at Retama was up 6% with live attendance showing a 2% increase.

Purse payouts soared to their highest level since the track’s opening season in 1995. An average daily total of $109,000 went to the track’s horsemen.

“It was great for our owners and trainers to see purses climb past the $100,000 level”, said Retama Park Racing Secretary James Leatherman. “It gives us all a positive attitude as we prepare for 2013.”

Handle:                      2102 (26 DAYS)            2011 (23 DAYS)              %INC

Simulcast                    5,354,083                    4,134,580                    29%
Live                              2,184,951                     2,061,833                      6%
Total On Track          7,539,034                     6,196,413                    22%

Export                         13,102,994                  8,809,451                    49%

Live                               55,863                        54,698                         2%