|Average Daily Attendance and Live On-Track Handle Increases During Lone Star Park's Fall Meeting of Champions
Texas - November 14, 2010) - Despite a national trend of diminishing attendance and handle at most racetracks across the country, Lone Star Park’s 2010 Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses saw an increase in both average daily attendance and on-track wagering on live racing during the 26-day meet.
For the meet, average daily attendance rose 5 percent to 2,924 compared with 2,785 a year ago. Overall, 76,021 attended the Fall Meeting of Champions, which ran from Sept. 17 through Nov. 13.
In addition, average daily wagering on live racing at Lone Star Park during the meet was $92,987, a 5-percent increase from last year’s average of $88,702 per day.
In spite of the on-track increases, the average daily handle on the export of Lone Star Park’s races as well as wagering on incoming simulcast signals was down, causing All-Sources handle to decline. Average daily off-track wagering on Lone Star Park was down 10 percent and the average wagered on simulcast races into the track declined by 14 percent. As a result, average All-Sources handle decreased by 11 percent.
On track, owner A.D. Maddox claimed his fifth owner’s title with 13 wins. In 2009, Maddox abdicated the crown to this year’s runner up Debra Gotovac, who had 8 victories during this meet, after winning his first four in consecutive years from 2005-2008. Bobby Cox was third with 6 wins.
Trainer Trey Wood compiled 31 victories to clinch his second straight training title during the 2010 Fall Meeting of Champions. Judd Kearl finished six behind with 25 wins while trainers James Gerhards and Brad Bolen tied for third with 14 each.
The leading rider for the third straight year was Ricky Ramirez with 41 trips to the winner’s circle. Jockeys Luis Ramirez and Cody Wainscott finished tied for second, 18 behind, with 23 victories apiece.
Texas Classic Futurity winner Bodacious Dash was named the Horse of the Meet.
Live racing at Lone Star Park will resume with the 2011 Spring Thoroughbred Meet, which begins on Thursday, April 14, 2011.