Day At The Track

The Raceway records record finish to 2019

12:52 PM 09 Jan 2020 NZDT
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The Raceway

LONDON, ON - The 2019 harness racing season at The Raceway at Western Fair District concluded with the highest all-sources handle for a single card in the history of The Raceway.

Patrons pushed $794,720 through the windows on New Year's Eve over the ten-race card with an average just shy of $80,000 wagered per race, also a record. The previous record handle was $765,685 over 16 races.

"New Years Eve's record handle was a fantastic end to 2019, and a great way to cap off our Fall meet" said Rob Lumsden, Director of Racing. "The Raceway would like to thank our horseplayers, horsepeople and dedicated Raceway team for all of their support. We look forward to continuing the momentum with all of your support in 2020 and beyond".

The records didn't stop there.

The month of December produced the highest wagering month ever at The Raceway.

The 13 cards produced an "all-sources" betting total of $5,841,958.02, a 67 percent increase over 2018's gross total of $3,496,890. Ten of the 13 cards reached more than $400,000 in wagering.

The Raceway is also pleased to announce that wagering numbers were up significantly since the fall meet began.

The 2019 fall meet, which began on Friday, October 4, featured 38 race cards and an "all-sources" betting total of $12,659,149.09, a 22.1 per cent increase over 2018.

The average per race handle of $31,334.53 showed a 23.3 per cent increase over the 2018 average of $25,403.79.

The track's schedule for this meet is now four days per week. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a 6:15 p.m. first-race post time and Fridays beginning at 6:55 p.m.

by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

 

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