November 3, 1991 |
The organizers had to be disappointed with the interest among bettors in the first National Pick Seven on Saturday's Breeders' Cup races. Only $8,525,849 was bet at the participating race tracks, legal sports books and off-track betting parlors. Before windows opened across the country Friday, estimates on the size of the bet ranged as high as $30 million. Three-fourths of the betting total was set aside for those who correctly picked all seven winners of the Breeders' Cup races.
November 3, 1991
The total mutuel handle, including the seven Breeders' Cup races and the eight live races, at Santa Anita and its satellites Saturday set a national record of $15,815,247. The previous best was $15,490,382 at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day in 1988. The best day before this at Santa Anita was Nov. 1, 1986, when it played host track to Breeders' Cup III. The figure that day was $15,410,409, and that was before there was intertrack wagering.
November 1, 1991 |
Drive 15 miles east of Portland, Ore., on Interstate 80, go toward Rooster Rock until you get near Fairview--it has a post office--then start searching for the tiny town of Wood Village. It's there you will find the Multnomah Kennel Club. Why, you ask? As horse racing prepares for its biggest day and its grandest experiment--the National Pick-7 with a betting pool expected near $15 million--there is no better place than the Multnomah Kennel Club.
October 14, 1991 |
When the phone in the track announcer's booth rings after a close finish at Santa Anita, Trevor Denman knows that the stewards are calling to tell him that there has been a dead heat. If there is no dead heat, there is no phone call. When the numbers of the first four finishers light up the tote board, Denman announces them to the crowd as he sees them for the first time. On Saturday, about seven minutes after the $264,800 Goodwood Handicap, the phone at Denman's right hand rang.
October 7, 1991 |
Purses for the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita, which had been expected to go up because of the addition of Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos to the satellite betting network, will go down, track officials announced Sunday, and three stakes are being cut by a total of $100,000. Starting Oct. 16, daily purses will average $201,000 instead of the $230,000 that had been anticipated. The Oct. 20 Las Palmas Handicap will be a $125,000 race, down $25,000; the Rowan Handicap on Nov.
October 3, 1991 |
A lot of movie extras were there, but they were too busy shooting a scene for a James Caan-Nicolas Cage film to help boost the handle as Hollywood Park launched off-track betting on the Santa Anita races Wednesday. A crowd of 4,722, less than Hollywood Park's management expected, turned out at the Inglewood track to bet $818,165 on the nine races at Santa Anita, where the on-track attendance of 31,600 was more than 10,000 under last year's opening-day crowd for the Oak Tree meeting.
October 2, 1991 |
The difference between this and other recent Oak Tree racing seasons is that it will be easier for Southland horseplayers to bet. When Oak Tree's 23rd meeting opens at Santa Anita today, bettors can go to Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos to play the ponies, under new legislation that added those sites to an off-track network already in place. The players may be happy, not having to drive long distances to reach Santa Anita, but race track executives are wary.
September 18, 1991 |
Debbie Freeman had already ridden two winners when she entered the gate for Saturday night's ninth race aboard Courageous Venture. The gelding was running slightly behind the leaders on the turn of the 870-yard race when he was cut off by a rival. Courageous Venture stumbled, forcing Freeman, 31, out of the saddle to the gelding's left. She managed to pull her right leg back over the horse's back, but the momentum pushed her too far. She fell to the track, but clear of the trailing horses.
September 15, 1991 |
Legislation that would enable Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos to take betting on races from Fairplex Park might be approved before the Fairplex Park meeting ends Sept. 30, but officials at the Pomona track are not certain that there will be time to get the system ready. "We hear that the governor (Pete Wilson) won't sign the bill until Sept. 23," said Neil O'Dwyer, vice president for administration at the Los Angeles County Fair, which runs the Fairplex meet.
August 27, 1991 |
Barry Davis tapped his pen nervously on the open page of the racing program. The point of the pen kept hitting the name Fire Back, a 3-year-old with 7-2 odds. Trouble was, he had already plopped down a few bucks on Ama Sharif for the second race at Del Mar, and he just wasn't sure he had put his money on the right pony. "Common sense says I should put five bucks on Fire Back," Davis growled almost inaudibly. "But I don't know." He should have. Fire Back won handily.