I remember when Hawthorne used to have afternoon cards (late 80's early 90"s) during January.
I think that the handle was very good.
I cannot find any figures to back me up, though.
I used to leave work and go bet races. I WILL NOT do that anymore. The racing is not goos enough these days
You are correct, the Saturday afternoon cards were awesome, with horses coming from all over the midwest. The handle was great because Hawthorne was the only track you could bet on. Balmoral can't compete with Gulfstream, Oaklawn, Aqueduct and Santa Anita. No way. Balmoral should move the Saturday afternoon card to Monday nights. Or race on Tuesday afternoons, since there isn't much racing across the country on Tuesdays.