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Mohawk shows per-race handle increase

October 19, 2017
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Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) Thursday announced that per-race handle for the recently concluded meet at Mohawk Racetrack was up eight percent.
 
The 2017 Mohawk meet, which began on April 13, featured 127 race cards, 17 less than 2016, and had an "all-sources" wagering total of $202,145,413.
 
The average per-race handle during the 2017 Mohawk meet was $152,908.78, up $12,279.27 from the 2016 meet.

Support from U.S. horseplayers saw a per-race increase during the 2017 season, as they wagered an average of $94,231.14 per-race, up 9.8 percent from 2016.

The nightly Pick-5 wager rose to new heights in popularity during the meet, as the first-race multi-leg wager had an average pool size of $73,437.

The Jackpot Hi-5 wager continued to be a staple of the Mohawk wagering menu. A mandatory payout on October 14, featuring a record carryover of $978,779, saw $2.3 million wagered into the pool.

Several top racing and community events were highlights for the 2017 season at Mohawk.

On Tuesday, June 13, Woodbine Entertainment announced a $10 million investment and new branding for Mohawk Racetrack.

Mohawk will become the home of year-round harness racing beginning in April of 2018 under the name Woodbine, Mohawk Park. The $10 million investment will upgrade the facility in multiple areas with the intent on continuing to be a leader in World Class Horse Racing.

The 34th Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 17 once again attracted strong wagering and a large crowd to the Campbellville oval. Fear The Dragon captured the $1 million race for 3-year-old pacers, while country star Kira Isabella rocked the house with a pre-race concert.

The RCMP Musical Ride made a stop at Mohawk on Aug. 1 and 2 for the first-time ever. Near-capacity crowds packed the Mohawk grandstand to watch the legendary Musical Ride performance in celebration of Canada 150.

The Canadian Pacing Derby on Sept. 2, Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic on Sept. 16 and Metro Pace on Sept. 23 brought the finest pacers and trotters to Mohawk for a sensational month of Grand Circuit racing. (WEG)

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