FALL MEET CONCLUDES WITH INCREASE
IN ALL-SOURCES HANDLE
Los Alamitos ended its second Fall meet Friday with a 3% increase in all-sources average mutuel handle over the inaugural Fall season in 2014. The average all sources handle was $4.17 million compared to $4.06 million the preceding year with figures based on comparable dates in 2014. The total all sources handle was up 2%, increasing from $50,813,008 in 2014 to $51,674,327 this year.
“Overall we’re happy with how the meet went,’’ said Brad McKinzie, vice president and general manager of the Los Alamitos Racing Association. “I was happy with the meet other than the fact we didn’t have a signature race like we did last year with the Los Alamitos Mile. We won’t do that again.’’
McKinzie was also pleased with the inaugural Starter Showdown Series , a five-race sequence which began Friday’s closing day card and offered purses totaling $175,000. Horses eligible for $8,000, $16,000 and $25,000 starter allowance races competed in the Series.
The creation of Los Alamitos racing secretary Bob Moreno, the Starter Showdown Series could return in future meets, McKinzie indicated.
The average field size declined slightly over the previous year, dropping from 7.7 starters per race to 7.64 in 2015.
Thoroughbred racing will return to Los Alamitos in December. The 12-day season will begin Thursday, Dec. 3 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 20. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis.