With final figures still unavailable, Timonium's annual race meeting projected to a drop in revenue from last year as its 10-day stand concluded at the state fair yesterday.
The totals will be skewed by last Saturday, when seven races on a scheduled card of 10 were canceled because of violent thunderstorms in the area.
"After that, we were just short of $1 million down," said Howard Mosner, Timonium general manager. "Using that as a guideline, it looks like we'll come in at $15.7 million or $15.8 million compared with $16.7 million. It's disappointing. We were hoping to do $17 million."
Like its bigger partners, Laurel Park and Pimlico, the Timonium operation was hampered by too many short fields and was at the mercy of a summer of almost constant rainy days.
"Every race that only has five or six horses is not the way to make it work," Mosner said. "We can't get enough on the track. Certainly the purses [about $165,000 daily] are not the problem. We're going to have to take a hard look at everything, but I'm sure we'll be back."
NOTES: The meet was a bonanza for jockey Travis Dunkelberger, who won seven of nine races Aug. 30 to set a single-day record, then concluded his work with six winners on the final card.
He made a shambles of the jockey's race with 26 victories, 18 more than runner-up Mark Rosenthal and a meet record. ...
In the trainer's race, father Phillip Capuano and son Dale Capuano finished with six wins each, with Dunkelberger doing the bulk of the riding. They split the first- and second-place pots of a combined $7,000. ...
The final-day feature, the $50,000 Taking Risks Stakes, went to Lightning Paces, a front-running type who led at every pole. ...
Colonial Downs' fourth season got off to a shaky start yesterday when its entire 10-race card had to be shifted off the state-of-the-art turf course to the main track.
The financially strapped Virginia track depends heavily on grass racing. The switch led to numerous scratches and short fields in races that became far less attractive to bettors.