Through eight races, all-sources handle at the GP West meet is just under $3.4 million.
That puts GP West on track for about $3.8 million, an impressive number for a meet of its scale on nine-race Friday.
This comes as we are preparing a story, based on Equibase charts, that shows this year's GP West handle is on pace with 2015.
Handle is holding up amid:
*Three recent days when all scheduled for turf races were taken off that surface
*Delayed opening due to the scare about Hurricane Matthew
*The deplorable situation at Calder, set up by Calder and its parent Churchill Downs Inc. It is hard to find a place to make a bet, find a place to eat or shelter from the rain.
Obviously, the popularity of the Gulfstream brand is proving its popularity with the ADW and simulcast audiences.
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--Jim Freer and Barry Unterbrink