In a good bit of working together, Jim Goodman of Keeneland reported to a HANA member today that they and NYRA have worked to schedule their post times better. Instead of 32 and 30 minutes between races respectively, they are now at a hard 31 minutes. With the 1:00 post at Belmont and the 1:05 at Keeneland, this keeps them (for awhile at least) spaced out. Punters have more time to scan both quality tracks for their plays.
At a recent impromptu HANA meeting at Keeneland the off times and the apparent lack of scheduling in North America popped up. A HANA member spoke of how good they do it in the UK, where he plays. "For the main set of tracks about every ten minutes there is a race, and they try and keep to that there", he told us.
Any way you slice it, NYRA and Keeneland trying to give more time and more choice to their bettors is a good thing. Let's see if this makes a difference.