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Attendance and Handle Decline at Downs at Albuquerque Meet
RSS Feeds Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Total on-track attendance and live-race handle dropped by double digits during the 2012 Downs at Albuquerque meet, which ended on Sunday.

According to figures provided to Equibase.com, The Downs at Albuquerque drew a total of 64,523 fans during the 54-day meet, a decline of 10.5 percent from the 72,088 attendance figure during the track's 54-day meet in 2011. The track's average daily attendance was 1,195, down the same percentage from last year's average of 1,335.

Also, a total of $6,689,178 – both on- and off-track – was wagered on The Downs' live races, a drop of 10.4 percent from the $7,464,862 handled on the track's live races in 2011. The track's on-track handle decreased 19 percent, from $3,039,510 in 2011 to $2,461,222 this year.

The Downs' inter-state handle – money wagered on the track's live races by bettors outside New Mexico – declined 4.6 percent to $3,714,546, while the track's intra-state handle dropped 3.4 percent to $513,410.

The Downs paid a total of $4,680,500 in purses, a decline of 4.2 percent from the $4,887,700 the track paid horsemen in 2011. The track's average daily purse payment of $86,676 was down the same percent from last year's $90,513.

Macario Rodriguez led all jockeys with 35 wins, seven more than runners-up Enrique Garcia, Isaias Cardenas, and Adrian Ramos. Justin Evans saddled the winners of 22 races, six more than runner-up Temple Rushton, to lead all trainers. The meet's leading owner, Verona G. Vaughn of Edgewood, New Mexico, won 13 races, five more than runner-up Martin N. Perez, to lead all owners.

One of Vaughn's homebreds, the Dash Ta Fame colt Saturday Nite Romeo, won the 400-yard, $88,181 New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings, the meet's richest race for Quarter Horses, on September 22.

The meet's richest Thoroughbred stakes, the September 23, $82,142 Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies, was won by Rogers Farms' Dandy Devona R F, a homebred daughter of the Yankee Victor stallion Real Dandy.

The 2013 Downs at Albuquerque season is scheduled to open on August 2. The 57-day meet will run through November 4 and will include a 17-day New Mexico State Fair meet to be run September 6-27.


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