Locals Didn't Pony Up the Dough at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie This Season
Meanwhile, according to Thoroughbred Times's breakdown, "A 7.7% dip in average daily attendance, from 7,460 per night in 2008 to 6,883 this year, contributed to a 20.9% decrease in on-track handle, from $26.3-million to $20.8-million." Says Lone Star Park president and general manager Drew Shubeck, "These are obviously disappointing results. The biggest reason for the decreases in both attendance and handle is the global economic downturn that has negatively impacted the local Dallas/Ft. Worth economy. Our racing fans didn't come out as often and wagered less money when they were here."