Evangeline Down Handle Increases For 2012 Thoroughbred Season
September 13, 2012
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(Opelousas, La.)–Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino recently concluded spring/summer thoroughbred horse racing season and recorded solid numbers including increases in average nightly handle, average nightly on-track handle, and total on-track handle for the 84-night season. The season, which ended on Saturday, September 8, posted a nightly average handle of $1.389 million, an increase of 4.3% from 2011’s average of $1.331 million. Nightly average on-track handle rose sharply, up 9% to $62,751 from last year’s $57,551. Total on-track handle was $5,208,405, up from $5,064,557, despite a total of five less racing nights compared to 2011. Total handle for the season was $115,291,118, compared to last year’s $117,202,645.
Evangeline Downs, known as the “Home of the Biggest Fields” continued to live up to that moniker as average field size was once again one of the highest in the nation. A total of 8,145 horses started during the 877 races, an average of 9.29 per race.
Steve Darbonne, director of racing operations at Evangeline Downs stated, “We set the bar high here at Evangeline Downs, and I’m proud but not content with our results. Like everyone else, we are facing difficult economic times here in Louisiana, but we continue to offer an exciting and varied product featuring full fields, often producing big payoffs that horse racing fans and bettors across the United States have come to embrace and expect from us.”
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