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Disaster at Santa Anita

Updated: December 29, 2010, 11:17 PM ET
By Bill Finley | Special to ESPN.com

When Santa Anita opened Sunday, the numbers were not pretty. They bet $11,707,276 on the first day of the 2010-2011 meet, a 21.5 percent decline from the previous year and the lowest opening-day handle since 1992. Yet, there were some excuses -- primarily a blizzard in the East Coast that shut down a lot of simulcasting outlets -- enough excuses to conclude that the dismal handle figure was perhaps an aberattion. The following day, $5,529,285 was bet on the Santa Anita card, but there was nothing ...

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