True, reasons can be cited for this $777,763 increase in wagering. This year there were nine races as compared to eight the previous year and secondly the fertile California betting market was on line this year with no exposure last year. Still, the horseplayers have to warm up to the product and indeed they did.
Of the nine races, four were stakes races: The $25,000 Cactus Flower, two Breeders’ Futurities, each worth $50,000 and the $25,000 Cactus Flower. The one things all four stakes had in common was, each of the winners won by going wire-to-wire, or nearly so.
The track was rated muddy for the first five races and then upgraded to good for the remaining four races.