|Kentucky Derby Saturday Produces 2nd
Highest Day of All-Time Wagering at Retama Park
Cide romped to victory in the 129th Kentucky Derby, South Texas horse
racing fans flooded Retama Park and recorded the track’s second
highest handle ever. Attendance and on-track wagering were positive punctuations
to the beginning of the 2003 live racing season.
More than $1 million dollars was wagered Saturday at Retama Park. In
fact, the $1,073,886 total was the second highest since the track opened
in 1995 and represented a 9.5% increase over Derby Day of 2002. The seven-figure
total included $224,003 (up 27%) wagered on live racing and $849,883 (up
5.5%) wagered at Retama Park on races around the country.
“It is only a snap shot of our season, but anytime you show almost
a ten percent increase in business, of course we are very happy,”
said Retama Park CEO Bryan Brown.
On-track attendance of 7,495 was 5% more than the 2002 number of 7,134,
and total wagering on Retama Park’s live races was up 14% for the