Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gulfstream Opens Spring Meet with $3.3 Million Handle

By HorseracingFLA staff
Thursday,  April  9 -- Gulfstream Park  opened its 2015 spring meet yesterday and had all-sources handle of  $3,337,437  for eight races.

That figure looks respectable considering these numbers:
* Gulfstream had $4,475,362 for eight races on Wednesday April 1, the start of the final week  of its championship meet.  But Keeneland had not yet opened its meet.
* Yesterday, Tampa Bay Downs had all-sources handle of $3,277,779  for ten  races. Aqueduct had all-sources handle of $4,366,768  for nine races.  Keeneland's handle was not readily available.

Using Equibase data we are compiling and reporting handle,  field  sizes and other key numbers for Gulfstream Park each day during its 2015 spring meet, which began  Wednesday April  8.

Separately, each Monday we will  do a comparison of   Gulfstream's weekend numbers with the similar period in  2014.  Gulfstream had racing Fridays through Sundays throughout  2014's second quarter  and ran head-to-head against  Calder Casino & Race Course on those days.

This  year,  Gulfstream  has racing Wednesdays through Sundays until May 17 and then Thursdays through Sundays until the end of the second quarter.

Wednesday April 8
Races   -- 8
All-Sources  Handle -- $3,337,433
Starters -- 59
Scratches --  15
Conditions  -- fast and firm
Turf  races  --  5

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