|More Than $3.4 Million Wagered
by 18,689 in Attendance, All Sources Handle Up 6.7 Percent on Derby
Day at LSP
(May 4, 2008) - Lone Star Park at
Grand Prairie had its second best single Spring Thoroughbred Season
on-track handle in track history as the 18,689 in attendance wagered
$3,418,066, just $34,357 short of the record $3,452,423 set last
The $2,497,039 wagered on simulcasts, including the Kentucky Derby,
was also the second highest in Lone Star history, only $61,804 shy
of the record $2,558,843 bet in 2007. On track wagering on Lone
Star Park's Derby Day 12-race card was $921,027, a 3-percent increase
from last year's $893,580.
All sources handle, which includes all wagering on Lone Star Park's
12 live races plus on-track wagering on simulcasts, totaled $5,375,485,
an increase of 6.7 percent from the $5,037,423 handled last year.
Local wagering on the Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Day program
totaled $1,604,658, including $1,117,476 on the "Run for the
Roses." Lone Star's Drive-Thru Wagering was $150,345 as 866
vehicles passed through Gate 2.
The 2008 Kentucky Derby Day handle of $3,418,066 was fourth best
in track history behind only the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Championships
($13,603,202), the day before that year's Breeders' Cup ($4,005,985)
and last year's Derby Day ($3,452,423).
Saturday's attendance of 18,689 was the fourth largest Kentucky
Derby crowd in Lone Star Park history, surpassed only by crowds
of 25,415 in 1997, 20,618 in 1998 and 19,268 in 1999 on the first
Saturday in May.