Los Alamitos ended a successful first Fall meet Sunday, averaging well over $5.7 million ($5,768,238.19) daily in total combined mutuel handle.
The handle figure was a 26.6% increase over the comparable days a year earlier for the Barretts Race meet at Fairplex Park.
The average total combined mutuel handle for the 13-day season in 2013 was $4,568,811.64.
“We’re happy,’’ said Brad McKinzie, vice president and general manager of the Los Alamitos Racing Association. “I would have to say this meet probably outdid our expectations. We thought we’d do well, but we did better than we thought we would, especially with the racing product.
“All in all, it’s a second step to where we want to go. This meet was a success any way you want to cut it.’’
The average field size increased from 6.99 starters per race during the Summer Thoroughbred Festival in July to 7.73 for the Fall season.
The highlight of the 11-day Fall meet was a between races work by 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome and a record-setting victory by Soi Phet in the $200,750 Los Alamitos Mile Sept. 6.
Stabled at Los Alamitos since early in the year for owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin and trainer Art Sherman, California Chrome attracted many of his fans – better known as Chromies – for a six furlong drill in 1:10.37 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.
Later in the day, Soi Phet and Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux rolled past favored Masochistic to win for the second time in as many starts at Los Alamitos, completing the distance in a track record 1:33.95.
A 6-year-old Tizbud gelding, Soi Phet also won the Bertrando Stakes July 3, opening day of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival.
Thoroughbred racing will return to Los Alamitos in December. The 12-day season will begin Thursday, Dec. 4 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 21. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis.