Jockey Kent Desormeaux failed to ride a winner in his last 21 races of 1987, but still finished as the nation's most victorious rider.
Desormeaux, who had clinched the title by early December, ended with 449 winners in 2,207 mounts (20.3 percent). No. 2 Pat Day, the 1986 champion, was 391 for 1,426 (27.4 percent). Day did not ride much of December.
For its 58-day fall meeting, Laurel Race Course averaged a record daily betting handle of $1,367,657, up 3.6 percent from 1986. Attendance, which averaged 8,865, was up 3.4 percent.
When Frank De Francis and Bob and Tom Manfuso purchased Laurel in December 1984, the track's mutuel handle averaged $1,022,406 and attendance 7,049. Figures for this fall meeting show increases of 33.8 percent and 25.8 percent, respectively.
Although Laurel's meeting officially ended yesterday, jockeys' and trainers' records will be accrued until Laurel's winter meeting ends March 3. Desormeaux has 99 winers, followed by Allen Stacy (34), Clarence (JoJo) Ladner (33) amd Mike Hunter (32).
King Leatherbury leads trainers with 32 triumphs, followed by Ron Alfano (21), Tom Caviness (20) and Barclay Tagg (18).
Because of Monday's snow cancellation, Laurel will run 11 races today through Sunday. (Saturday's program will include a 12th-race simulcast of the Flamingo Stakes from Hialeah, Fla.)
Eclipso, a Meadowlands-based 4-year-old colt who has won four of five career starts, is the 120-pound highweight for today's feature race, the $50,000-added Resolution Handicap. Eight others were entered for the one-mile race.