For the first time in three weeks, all of the mid-Atlantic tracks that were scheduled to run actually did.

Welcome back to the land of the living, Parx Racing!

With five live cards rather than three, the region’s handle rose to more than $5.6 million, up more than half from the prior weekend, according to our HandleTrak report.  That, however, represented a nine percent decrease in per-card handle, to $1.1 million.

Though Parx returned to action, it appears that its bettors found other ways to get their wagering action while the track was dark.  The track’s two-day handle of a bit more than $2 million was roughly in line with many other weekends, suggesting that there was no particular pent-up demand among players.  It was, however, substantially more than the $1.3 million the track had handled on its last operating weekend, December 7 and 8.

With an improved card including two stakes on Saturday, Laurel Park saw its handle rise by more than 7 percent to $1.5 million.  That was its best Saturday of the month.

Charles Town and Penn National both concluded their 2013 racing schedules this weekend, and both saw handle dip from the prior weekend.  Though Penn National’s handle fell by more than 14 percent, the track still totaled more than $1.1 million wagering on its Saturday racing.  That marked the second consecutive weekend that the track exceeded $1 million in wagering, the first time it had done so on consecutive weekends since late October and early November.  Charles Town experienced a smaller drop of less than 5 percent, to just under $900,000.


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