Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Attendance Drops 17.3% for Remington's Fall Meet

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Attendance Drops 17.3% for Remington's Fall Meet

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Remington Park had entertained 5,070,279 racing fans by the end of its 10th race meeting Sunday, during a life span of three and one-third race years.

Attendance and wagering for the 54-day 1991 Fall Meeting, however, fell short of the figures posted in the 1990 Fall Meeting.

Its attendance for the 1991 Fall Meeting was 432,040, or 8,001 daily on the average. That was 17.3 percent less than the 522,706 recorded during the Fall 1990 Meeting, the track reported.

Remington Park greeted its 5 millionth racing fan, Lorene Klein of Roseland, Neb., on Nov. 27, its 534th day of racing after the track opened Sept. 1, 1988.

Total handle, or the amount wagered during the 54 days of the racing meeting, was $53.6 million, down 19 percent from the 1990 Fall figure of million. Average daily handle was $993,278, down 18.6 percent from $1.2 million in the 1990 Fall Meeting.

Per capita wagering dropped 2 percent to $124.15 per day from $126.70 in the 1990 Fall Meeting.

"Given the state of the economy and the fact that we are competing against Indian gaming, another racetrack in Texas _ and knowing the trends around the country _ I can't be disheartened," said David M. Vance, Remington Park executive vice president and general manager.

"I saw an article recently that pointed out that the 45 largest companies in Oklahoma are down an average of 33 percent, so we're not alone. Naturally, I'm disappointed that we weren't able to overcome these things that are hurting other business, but the quality of customer service and entertainment that Remington Park strives for never wavered, and I'm proud of that," he said.

"Obviously, I'm disheartened by the fact that we had to reduce our purses. That's why we must communicate to the Legislature the importance of Senate Bill 198 and the fact that it's a revenue-enhancing bill for all Oklahomans. There are some necessary steps all of us must take to realize our goal for racing in Oklahoma, and this is one of them," Vance said. …

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