|Breeders' Cup Recap -- Attendance & Handle Increase at Lone Star Park -- Texas Connections Win 2 Races
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Thursday, November 11, 2010) - With the final numbers in, attendance, handle and TV ratings for the 27th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6, were all up significantly.
Overall, attendance and wagering handle for the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships increased by double-digits compared to the 2009 event at Santa Anita Park and the TV rating of 3.1 for the final hour, which included the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Zenyatta, nearly tripled last year’s 1.1 rating.
Locally at Lone Star Park, both attendance and handle also increased during Breeders’ Cup Weekend compared to 2009. Over the two-day event, Lone Star Park’s attendance increased 9-percent with 10,669 in attendance compared to last year’s 9,787. In addition, the total wagered on Lone Star Park’s live product $443,483, and on-track total handle (live racing plus races simulcast into Lone Star Park) of $2,539,420 were each up 2-percent in 2010. The All Sources handle of $3.1 million for the weekend was the same as last year’s total.
In addition, a pair of Texas owners, Carl R. Moore Management and Martin Racing Stables claimed their first-ever Breeders’ Cup wins, while their trainer Bret Calhoun also made his first two trips to a Breeders’ Cup winner’s circle, once on Friday and again on Saturday, with each of his Texas owners.
On Friday, Nov. 5, Martin Racing Stable LLC and Dan Morgan’s Dubai Majesty made an impressive stretch run to win the Grade 1, $1 Million Sentient Jet Filly and Mare Sprint. It was the first Breeders’ Cup win for Martin Racing Stable owners and Dallas, Texas residents William and Stephanie Martin as well as for their trainer Bret Calhoun, who was the leading trainer at the 2010 Lone Star Park Spring Thoroughbred Meet.
On Saturday, Calhoun, a Grand Prairie, Texas resident, made another trip to the Churchill Downs’ winner’s circle to claim his second Breeders’ Cup crown with Ft. Worth resident Carl Moore and his wife Valinda. They earned that trip in the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint when Carl R. Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge overcame traffic problems with a seven-wide move in the stretch before running down half the field in a thrilling come-from-behind victory.