From a Penn National release
Seven of the 18 live racing programs scheduled for January at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course had to be cancelled due to winter weather conditions that ranged from “The Polar Vortex” and its sub-zero temperatures to a never-ending barrage of snow and ice storms.
But when the Grantville oval did get to run, bettors across the country expressed their interest in the local races with record-setting pari-mutuel numbers.
Betting eclipsed the million dollar mark on each of the eleven pari-mutuel cards raced during the month. It was the first time in Penn National’s 43-year history that every live program conducted in a single month reached the seven-figure mark.
Average total daily all-sources handle for the month was $1,170,503. That figure, despite the elements, fell just short of last January’s record-setting average daily live handle of $1,260,173.
Penn National’s next live card is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, with post time at 6:00PM.
“Our horsemen, jockeys, employees and fans braved some very difficult elements this past month. It is always satisfying to have some positive news come out of those trying situations,” said Race Secretary David Bailey.