Figures show handle, attendance rise Daily purses average $120,000 with five stakes

Timonium notebook

September 02, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Timonium Race Course had a record-setting act to follow, but early indications show that it held its own at the gate and betting windows.

Preliminary figures for this year's 10-day Maryland State Fair meeting reveal a 2 percent rise in live handle over 1996's record and a 5 percent increase in on-track attendance.

"In the middle of the meeting, we were down $400,000 and I was disappointed," general manager Howard "Max" Mosner said. "We've made up some huge numbers in the final weekend. That can happen with simulcasting."

Mosner said Timonium gave $1,232,000 in purse money this year and had only one $6,500 race in 93 events.

"That used to be the amount of our feature," he said. "I was certainly happy with the quality of our fields and what we had to offer. "

Maryland horsemen underwrote up to $100,000 for overpayment purses and Mosner said, "If we only overpaid $20,000 to $50,000, we'll come out even."

His major concern for next year is to maintain the quality of purses, which averaged more than $120,000 daily and included five stakes.

"To take a step backward would be disappointing," he said.

Simulcast racing (usually three out-of-town tracks a day) has been the savior for Timonium and this year, perfect weather graced the meet throughout.

L Total attendance was 43,164 and total handle was $2,990,461.

Robb top trainer

Jerry Robb was awarded the $5,000 bonus for winning the trainer's title with 10 victories, including one yesterday with Viv's Dancer.

The jockey race went down to the wire with Mark Rosenthal tying Travis Dunkelberger, who won the final race, at 12. They shared $500.

Douglas serious

Jockey Frank Douglas remained in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being flipped from his horse, River Show, in the fifth race Sunday.

He reportedly was awake and recognized his family.

Douglas suffered multiple head injuries when he flew over the horse's head and onto the ground.

Weather Vane wins

Favored Weather Vane dominated from the start and scored an easy victory in the $30,000 Winning Colors Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs.

B6 She earned her seventh win in 10 starts this year.

Pub Date: 9/02/97

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