By HorseracingFLA staff
Thursday, April 9 — Gulfstream Park opened its 2015 spring meet yesterday and had all-sources handle of $3,337,437 for eight races.
That figure looks respectable considering these numbers:
* Gulfstream had $4,475,362 for eight races on Wednesday April 1, the start of the final week of its championship meet. But Keeneland had not yet opened its meet.
* Yesterday, Tampa Bay Downs had all-sources handle of $3,277,779 for ten races. Aqueduct had all-sources handle of $4,366,768 for nine races. Keeneland’s handle was not readily available.
Using data from Equibase we are compiling and reporting handle, field sizes and other key numbers for Gulfstream Park each day during its 2015 spring meet, which began Wednesday April 8.
Separately, each Monday we will do a comparison of Gulfstream’s weekend numbers with the similar period in 2014. Gulfstream had racing Fridays through Sundays throughout 2014’s second quarter and ran head-to-head against Calder Casino & Race Course on those days.
This year, Gulfstream has racing Wednesdays through Sundays until May 17 and then Thursdays through Sundays until the end of the second quarter.
Wednesday April 8
Races — 8
All-Sources Handle — $3,337,433
Starters — 59
Scratches — 15
Conditions — fast and firm
Turf races — 5