Santa Anita’s current winter meet, which opened Dec. 26, showed a 16% gain in all sources handle and a 9% uptick in on-track handle over the first five racing days. With average field size at 9.36 horses per race, betters wagered $56.7 million compared to $48.7 million last year. There was also a 2.5% increase in on-track attendance.
Santa Anita made changes to their wagering menu, lowering trifectas from $1 to 50 cents and adding rolling $1 Super High Fives and a 50-cent Late Pick 5. Santa Anita’s Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot went untouched through the first five days, creating an enticing Jackpot carryover of $134,364 into this Friday, Jan. 5.