HALFWAY: ATTENDANCE UP, TOTAL HANDLE DOWN

Through the halfway mark of the 40-day meet, the average attendance is 2,097, compared to last year’s average of 1,804 – an increase of 16%. That’s without what is usually the biggest day of the meet (Virginia Derby) yet to come. The largest turnout so far was 6,847 for the July 4 fireworks show.


While the on-track handle has averaged $157,337 (compared to $150,557 a year ago), the average total handle is $1,174,614, compared to $1,258,230 in 2006 – a decline of 7.1%. The total handle includes all out-of-state wagering on Colonial races via simulcast.