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Del Mar Officials Pleased With Opening Day Attendance Despite A Slight Drop

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's opening-day crowd yesterday "dropped to the lowest it has been since 2007" with 43,030 in attendance after "six straight years of record attendance and the crowd growing each year for the last eight openers," according to Ed Zieralski of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. However, DMTC President & GM Joe Harper said of the crowd, "Any time we can get over 40,000 in here, I can’t complain." Those in attendance "bet 2½ percent more" than the $4.4M bet in '12 despite the lower attendance, and the handle from all sources was up 4% to $14.7M. Harper said that food and beverage sales also "increased" over last year’s $1.3M (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 7/18). Harper said, "I'm delighted with the attendance numbers. It was a very profitable day" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 7/18). In L.A., Eric Sondheimer writes the crowd at Del Mar "showed up on Wednesday to create a party-like atmosphere." The demographics "usually missing from racetracks -- young fans and women -- were plentiful" yesterday (L.A. TIMES, 7/18).

DEL MAR OPENING DAY ATTENDANCE TREND
YEAR
ATTENDANCE
'13
43,030
'12
47,339
'11
46,588
'10
45,309
'09
44,907
'08
43,459
'07
42,842
'06
42,005
'05
40,046
'04
39,346
'03
40,682

 

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