A record $2.1 million in average daily handle from off-track sources was recorded at Lone Star Park for its recently concluded Thoroughbred meet. The amount marked a 131% increase from 2019. The previous comparative high of $2 million a day was in 2002, but the Texas track did average a daily all-source handle of just over $2.2 million in 2004 when hosting the Breeders' Cup.
“With the success of this season behind us, we are eager to keep the momentum going into next year and feel the future is bright for horse racing at Lone Star Park and in Texas,” said Kent Slabotsky, Lone Star's vice president of operations.
Field sizes also increased by over 20%, as did purses by 34%, or up to $261,000 per day. Steve Asmussen won his 13th leading trainer title at the Texas track with 50 races won worth $1,463,385 during the season. Jockey Ramon A. Vazquez was the leading rider of the meet with 58 wins totaling $1,343,946 and Mike Sisk of M and M Racing was top owner of the meet with 29 wins worth $587,235 in earnings.
Lone Star will switch over to a season of Quarter Horse racing Friday, Sept. 4.