The Thoroughbred Blog Alliance dude (aka Handride) worked the past while to get some free past performances for players for select races. Hey, why not? If people have a PP they tend to bet a few dollars, and after all when we go to McDonald's to buy a burger they don't charge us to look at the menu. If the business will not work for the customer, maybe bloggers can by compiling links of already free PP's out there on the web. It worked quite simply: If there was a free PP out there (not pirated or illegal, but out there on the web already for anyone to see and use if they could find it) the TBA linked to it, and/or allowed you to search for them.
But this ended rather abruptly.
The TBA had a good run of posting free pp's for the past 6 months or so. You'll remember I emailed Mr Espinosa before it all started to try and get him on board something useful to both his company and the fans. I never heard back and I created the searchable free pp engine many enjoyed. As of now it's not working. So, I have emails back into everyone I can think of to come to an equitable solution. Fingers crossed someone reads an email.
Foolish Pleasure lets them have it.
Why? In a time when handle is falling like a rock, much like the stock market and the economy as a whole, why not allow bettors the easiest possible access to information that is—let me repeat—is already free. It is on the web. How are the stables posting the information harmed? They are providing for clients information about their own horses, and they have decided to pay whatever fee Brisnet chooses to allow for open retrieval. It’s no skin off their nose if we bloggers post the links.
When we were a monopoly, things like this and myriad other issues tantamount to bouncing a ball on our nose to make a bet made sense. But it does not anymore. This business needs change virtually from top to bottom.
If someone from Bris would like to respond to this, either here, or to Handride we would appreciate it.