Though gross wagering in the mid-Atlantic region plummeted during the weekend of November 23 versus the prior weekend, it actually rose on a per-card basis, according to our HandleTrak report.
Wagering at the region’s four operating tracks — Laurel Park, Charles Town, Parx Racing, and Penn National — fell from just over $5.5 million last week to less than $4.5 million this week, a drop of some 19 percent. But, with one fewer race card, that actually represented a very slight uptick in per-card handle, to just over $1.108 million.
Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the Sunday card at Parx, which accounted for both the the smaller number of cards run during the weekend (four, versus five the prior week) and the decline in handle at Parx. The good news for that track is that its one day of racing, Saturday, attracted over $1 million in wagering — far more than either day had drawn the week before.
Charles Town was the region’s lone track to see a rise in business. The track handled over $937,000 on Saturday evening, nearly 30 percent more than it had the prior weekend.
Charles Town’s success contrasted with the numbers at Penn National and at Laurel. Those two tracks saw fairly substantial drops in wagering, although Laurel’s Saturday card handled far more than any other track in the region.
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REGIONAL HANDLE BY WEEKEND