With director of racing operations John Yinger quick to point out that they are not major increases, things are trending upward in the purse and handle categories at The Isle Pompano Park.
The Dec. 23 program marked the implementation of purse hikes ranging from about 2.5 percent to over nine percent in some categories. For $4,000 claiming pacers and trotters, the purse is increased from $3,200 to $3,500; for the $15,000 claiming pacers four years of age and under, the purse is increased from $6,800 to $7,000; for $12,500 claiming pacers, the purse is increased from $6,800 to $7,000; and in the non-winners of $6,001 in the last five starts condition, the purse is increased from $6,800 to $7,000.
"This is just a slight purse bump in a few classes where we felt it was needed and it was possible at this time" says The Isle Pompano Park's race secretary Greg DeFrank.
As for handle, the final two programs before Christmas produced the best nights of the meet since racing resumed on Sept. 19. Wagering on the Dec. 21 program topped $231,000 and on the Dec.23 card the recorded handle was a meet high at just under $400,000.
"It appears we may have just hit a good niche in the market on this week's programs" says Yinger. "That said, we're really pleased with the slow, gradual upward trend. On Dec. 23 we also noted a decent on-track handle of over $36,000 which we're always glad to see. These are very slow and small steps forward but the trend has us thinking that things will continue on a good path for 2010." (Pompano Park)