Many hundred miles away, in Philadelphia,
Kentucky Downs, who was not up against those two strong signals last year, would be expected to see a handle shortfall. One would expect, anyway. They didn't:
At Parx it was a different story:That was an awesome opening day @KYDownsRacing What do we need to do to get you some more dates?— Charlie Davis (@Charli125) September 5, 2015
The Kentucky Downs brand, like some other smaller tracks is strong, and growing stronger. The Pennsylvania racetrack brand is suffering mightily.Day 5, Parx Festival of Racing: On-track handle $115,748; total handle for 12 races (5 stakes): $1,124,100.— Linda Dougherty (@PaThoroughbred) September 5, 2015
$2.8 million was bet on last evening's Canadian Pacing Derby card at Mohawk. Other than ditching the all stakes pick 4 (those are usually chalky in harness), the races were promoted and carded pretty well; there's probably not much more they could've done. The first pick 4, even at high rake and low mins, was fairly bettable. They also ran a 12 horse field in a Simcoe, which was good for bettors trying to make a few dollars at high juice Mohawk.
Liams Map, a total fade for me (I thought he'd bounce like a ball), made me look bad in the Woodward. All you can say is wow.
Saratoga handle for the Woodward card was down about $3 million.
Players and fans do not much like the camera work at Kentucky Downs - it's a huge track with undulations, and the setting sun poses issues - but they improved it this meet. I noticed the difference.
Great issue put together by @gregreinhart of the Horseplayer Monthly magazine. It's free. Some dude even wrote a harness piece for it you might like. Download it and save here. It's 23 pages.
Enjoy your long weekend everyone.