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Aqueduct Meet Hurts New York Racing Results

8 January 2001

JAMAICA, New York – Jan. 8, 2001 – As reported by Daily Racing Form: ``Significant declines in business during Aqueduct's fall meeting contributed mightily to negative figures posted by the New York Racing Association in 2000.

``Overall, in 2000, the NYRA suffered a 1 percent decrease in daily average attendance, from 9,705 to 9,573. Daily average ontrack handle was off 4 percent to $1,970,361 from $2,049,411 while daily average commingled handle was off 2 percent to $10,107,358 from $10,339,713.

``During Aqueduct's fall meeting, which ran from Oct. 25 through Dec. 31, attendance was down 14 percent to 4,657 while daily average ontrack handle was $1,390,461, down 14 percent from 1999. Daily average total handle was off 7 percent to $8,089,241.

```As far as business is concerned, a decrease in ontrack numbers seems to be an industry-wide trend,' Terry Meyocks, NYRA's president, said. `I'm sure everyone in the industry is working hard to try to reverse that trend as we certainly are'…"

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