David Siegal at Trackmaster says that consolidation is needed in the racing industry.
...the number of dates does not matter as much as it did at one time to the horsemen. For example, Saratoga Harness receives about 90% of its purses from slot machines. Given that such a small amount comes from handle, they can race 100 days for “x” per day, or race 200 days for just a little higher than “1/2x” per day.
From a marketing standpoint, all point to the short meets of Del Mar, Saratoga and Keeneland as long term viable models, being something new when they come around each year. It’s hard to get too excited about the 200th day of racing anywhere.
HANA Members helping out: Jason is a HANA member and he is passionate about racehorse retirement. He is currently running a not-for-profit handicapping contest at his new site here
We’ve hosted 3 small tournaments recently with great success. Each tournament was filled to capacity. As a reminder, we are a 501(c)(3) charity with 100% of entry fees going towards the payoffs, with any excess contributions (we ask for $20 per user on top of the $80 entry fee) going entirely to the charity. The upcoming April 18 tournament will be comprised of (10) hypothetical $2 Win wagers. Our tournament tracks for that date are Gulfstream, Keenland, and Santa Anita.
If you'd like to play, visit the website, investigate, and take a look!
HANA Day at the Races is this Saturday, April 18th. Word is that HANA Prez Jeff Platt has landed (no word on if he took one of those new fancy flights with Wifi and played racing in the air or not). Other HANA members are soon to be there, and will be all week, so please get in touch if you want to meet up, have some fun, and partake in what we all do: Watch racing!
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