Churchill sees attendance, handle rise during fall meet
Churchill Downs on Monday reported increases in daily attendance, daily handle, and total handle during its 21-day Fall Meet, which concluded Sunday. Daily average handle showed the biggest gain, rising 25.6 percent to $4,982,238 compared to the 2014 Fall Meet.
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Del Mar reported that daily average decline during their Bing Crosby fall meeting, which also concluded Sunday. Business was more positive in South Florida this fall, with Gulfstream Park West reporting a 19 percent increase in daily handle for its 40-day meet.
Casse dreaming of Derby 142; field favored in Pool 1 of KDFW
Norman Casse, assistant to father and trainer Mark Casse, is already dreaming about next year's Kentucky Derby (G1) following a pair of wins at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Airoforce (Colonel John) captured the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and stablemate Conquest Big E (Tapit) took an allowance/optional claimer.
Sunday saw the close of Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) as well as the inaugural Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager. The field ended up being favored in both, with unbeaten Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) hero Nyquist (Uncle Mo) the individual favorite for the KDFW and Tapit reigning supreme over all other individual interests in the Sire Future Wager.
In stakes action on Sunday, Shonan Pandora collared Last Impact to score in the Japan Cup (Jpn-G1) to give sire Deep Impact a one-two finish in the Tokyo Racecourse contest. At Del Mar, Dressed in Hermes (Hat Trick) prevailed in the Cecil B. DeMille (G3) a couple of races before Stormy Lucy (Stormy Atlantic) upset the Matriarch (G1) at 65-1.
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