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SBD/Issue 86/Facilities & Venues
Published January 18, 2010
|Phoenix Int'l Raceway's Grandstand
Capacity Has Dropped By 20,000 Seats
NIGHT MOVES: In New Orleans, Bob Fortus noted the New Orleans' Fair Grounds Race Course held it's first night race card of the season on Friday, and the atmosphere was "part nightclub, part racetrack." Dancers in "short shorts entertained in a track-side tent while people ate oysters." A band "played in the clubhouse," and "well-dressed people mingled, drinks in hand." Attendance figures for the card "weren't available as of Saturday, but it was evident that this wasn't a typical Friday gathering." Track President Austin Miller: "I'm just as pleased as I can be. I can tell you, it's not your grandfather's racetrack. ... In terms of creating an environment or creating a vibe, it all went fantastic" (NOLA.com, 1/17).
CUTTING BACK? DAILY RACING FORM's Steve Andersen reported Santa Anita is "considering reducing its racing calendar at the current winter-spring meeting, with the possibility of running fewer races per day or one fewer day per week." Santa Anita President Ron Charles Friday said that the track is "concerned about field size after eight-race programs on Wednesday and Thursday drew 52 and 49 starters, respectively." Charles said that "ontrack handle is down" 10% and that the Southern California intertrack network is "down a 'little less'" (DRF.com, 1/15).