Del Mar numbers down through first two weeks

Del Mar, a little more than a quarter through its 71st summer meeting, is showing declines in on-track attendance, on-track handle and overall handle through the first 10 days compared to 2009.

Attendance is down 1.4 percent despite a record opening-day crowd of 45,000-plus — the largest at a California track this year. On-track handle and all-sources handle is showing a 10.8 percent decline.

There have been five fewer races run the first two weeks this season compared to the first 10 days of 2009.

Del Mar, which suffered four main track fatalities during opening week last summer, had avoided any this year until Saturday’s 10th race when Beach Bottom Bay, a $25,000 maiden claimer trained by Donald Warren, broke down midway on the turn for home during the 6 1/2-furlong race on Polytrack, was pulled up at the head of the stretch by jockey Christian Santiago Reyes and had to be euthanized.

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