Attendance, wagering down at Hollywood Park
Attendance and wagering during Hollywood Park's spring-summer meet dropped by 10 percent each, extending a trend at many U.S. tracks as the economy continues to sputter.
Attendance during the 57-day meet that ended Sunday averaged 12,676, down 10.4 percent from the average of 14,149 during a 55-day meet last year.
The average wagering handle of $4,794,545 declined 10.6 percent from last year's average of $5,365,293.
Track president Jack Liebau says officials are disappointed with the numbers, but they thought changing the purse structure to benefit lower level horses was a good idea.
Liebau says having a Thursday night card on July 1 was successful, and the track plans to continue experimenting with ways to attract more people.
Hollywood Park's fall meeting opens on Nov. 4.