Oaklawn Posts Opening Weekend Handle Records


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Oaklawn Park, which opened last Friday, posted strong opening week handle and attendance numbers, including record opening day and January handle. Estimated total attendance for the first three racing dates (Jan. 24-26) was 57,500, a 3.6% increase over the corresponding period last year. Total off-track handle of $12,787,682.84 increased 13.1%. Total all sources handle of $15,400,631.44 represented a 7.7% increase.

Opening day all-sources handle $5,789,986.10 and off-track handle $4,759,768 were both Oaklawn records, as was the January off-track record of $4,629,703.63 set last year.

“What a great weekend to start the 2020 race season,” General Manager Wayne Smith said. “Many thanks go out to our equine athletes, the owners, trainers and jockeys for putting the best racing on the track. And, a huge thank you to all our team members for enhancing the fan experience. We're looking forward to an amazing race meet.”

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