Hambo Day produces strong export handle
August 07, 2012
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The export handle for the 2012 Hambletonian Day card on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Meadowlands Racetrack was the highest since 2008.
The export (other North American locations betting on the Meadowlands card) was $4,577,692, up 19 percent from the $3.85 million in 2011. Contributing to the boost in export handle were the live on-track broadcast by TVG and later post times for the Hambletonian Day card (12 p.m.) and the race itself (4:45 p.m.). Wagering on the Meadowlands through TVG was up 60 percent in 2012 over the previous year. The broadcast also boosted wagering through account deposit sites, including TwinSpires, which was up 20 percent vs. 2011.
"I am pleased to see such a strong showing as we made a major effort this year by working with TVG and TwinSpires to increase handle,” said New Meadowlands Racetrack chairman Jeff Gural. "Obviously a great card with competitive racing also contributed to our success.”
Total all-source handle for the Hambletonian Day card was $7,837,627, which included European and Down Under wagering. Total day/night attendance at the Meadowlands on Saturday was 25,037. (Meadowlands)