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« on: May 29, 2010, 10:27:38 AM »

My horse activity the past two months has been nil.

While reviewing "any" references to Louis Effrat (mentioned in Robert Smith's Rewind on the SC website), stumbled across the following excerpt in a 1966 Roosevelt Raceway file (and although I realize these stats have been turned inside out-- the numbers comparison remains interesting):

"New York State's longest (989 programs), spread over nine association productions at eight tracks enjoyed an overall record high of 9,392,452 in attendance and $456,156,577 in mutuel handle. Additional dates accounted for increases in both categories, although the nightly averages decreased, of course."
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The 2004 USTA Trotting and Pacing Guide provided the following stats for 2003 & 2004:
2003  attd-445,601  combined (includes OTB) handle-$275,390,591 days-802
2004  attd-379,115  combined (includes OTB) handle-$221,746,859 days-708

That's an approximate 50% reduction in handle/dollars and an approximate 95 reduction in attendance. Staggering.
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2010, 10:52:19 AM »

"spread over nine association productions at eight tracks"

Yonkers, Roosevelt, Buffalo, Batavia, Vernon and Monticello.
I'm sure I could dig the remaining two out of the 1966 T&P, howver anybody have a clue?

Not so sure that Goshen and Syracuse would have been included as pari-mutuel?

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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2010, 11:12:33 AM »

Another informed me that I missed Saratoga in my count, DUH!
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2010, 12:40:25 PM »

subtract inflation and the reduction is that much great.  much more disposal income today or in 2003 and 2004 then back then.  it would be interesting to see those numbers for thorobreds
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