Business Up at Remington
The track posts increases in handle and attendance during its 50-date spring meet.
June 11, 2018
Remington Park recorded increases in attendance and handle during its 50-date spring season, which ended June 2.
Top horses combined with well-received promotions and great spring weather helped Remington Park post an on-track live handle increase of 8 percent, an export handle increase of 10 percent, and a total handle increase on Remington Park racing of 10 percent compare to 2017.
Remington Park's on-track handle reached $3,659,770, up $272,519 over 2017. The track's export handle grew to $20,797,674, an increase of $1,914,918 over last year.
Total attendance for the season was 471,512, an increase of 5,512 -- or 14 percent -- over 2017.
Remington Park horsemen competed for increased purses this season and loaded the starting gate accordingly in pursuit of their share of the money. Total purses reached $14,447,830 (up 10 percent over 2017) for a daily average of $288,959. The total purses distributed in 2017 accounted for $13,179,175, with a daily average of $263,584.
Remington Park's average field size increased 2 percent to 9.18 head per race, compared to 9.01 last year.
“People will come from far and wide to see the world’s fastest athletes, and Remington Park put them on display,” said Scott Wells, Remington Park president and general manager. “The fact that our numbers were up in all the key statistical categories is testimony to the quality of our racing product and our customer service.”
On the track, star horses, topped by two-time world champion Jessies First Down and 2017 champion 3-year-old Hold Air Hostage, won graded stakes. Jessies First Down broke the track record when he won the 440-yard, $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1) on closing night. Hold Air Hostage won the 400-yard, $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1) for Oklahoma-breds on May 5, and he ran second in the Remington Park Championship.
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