Penn National canceled on Saturday evening, but the region’s other three tracks all ran.  And all saw handle rise over the prior weekend, with the average card up more than 14 percent over the prior weekend, to $1.236 million.

Charles Town led the region’s tracks with both the best single day and the largest gain over the prior weekend.  The track registered nearly $1.4 million in handle Saturday evening — its best Saturday number since October.  That was also a 27 percent increase over the prior weekend.

Laurel Park and Parx Racing also enjoyed solid gains over the prior weekend.  Laurel saw handle rise by more than 25 percent, to almost $1.3 million.  With the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie slated for this coming Saturday, that number should rise again.  Meanwhile, Parx, which carded two stakes on Saturday — one of which, the Donna Freyer, generated a win-place-show pool of $114,970, the region’s highest single race pool for the weekend — saw handle increase by 10 percent for the weekend.

Through February 10, two tracks have wagers with carryovers.  Laurel’s Jackpot Pick 5 sports a $12,103 carryover, while Parx Racing’s Pick 6 has a carryover of $2,323.

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