Santa Anita handle tops $1B

June 26, 2018 3:00 AM


Business has significantly improved over a year ago at the recently concluded Santa Anita Winter/Spring Thoroughbred meeting.

Buoyed by a closing day Pick 6 pool of $6,022,040, all sources pari-mutuel handle for the 102-day stand that began Dec. 26 exceeded the $1 billion mark, an eight percent increase over a year ago. Overall on-track attendance showed a one percent increase. Sunday’s giant Pick 6 pool put an exclamation point on the meeting with an all sources handle of $18,534,801, which resulted in a nearly $10 million increase over the corresponding date from a year ago, and sent the total handle to a total of $1,018,268,136.

“We’ve said this consistently, our customers are the economic engine that drives our business,” said Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer for The Stronach Group (TSG), the track’s owner/operator. “We want to sincerely thank all of our fans, those here on-track and around the country for supporting our racing in such a substantial way from late December through today.

Santa Anita resumes live thoroughbred racing with its Autumn Meet in late September after the circuit during the next few months visits Los Alamitos in Orange County, Del Mar, near San Diego, and a return stop at Los Alamitos after Labor Day.