We spoke before here about the Ontario Racing Commission stepping in with signal disputes in that Canadian province. They pretty much said "stop messing with racings customers and get things done."
Well, announced today, a small harness track, in a signal dispute has had their contract extended, so horseplayers can play racing while they work out their differences.
The Hiawatha Horse Park has announced that an agreement has been reached between itself and the Ontario Harness Horse Association in regard to the current simulcasting impasse. Hiawatha has announced that starting Thursday, January 21 the simulcast room will be back up and running.
Hiawatha and OHHA have agreed to extend their existing contract and will continue to discuss a new one that will benefit both the local horseman and the racetrack.
Meanwhile back at the ranch...........
"Tracknet Dispute Taking its Toll" screams a headline on the bloodhorse.
A dispute over signal rates between TrackNet Media Group and 17 racetracks in the Mid-Atlantic region is a primary reason Gulfstream Park’s interstate wagering handle was down about 15% through the first seven days of its 2010 meet
In case one might say "horseplayers have short memories, who cares?" We point you to Tom at Paceadvantage, who seems to remember last years California signal problems well. He had this to pointedly say to California's current handle problems.
"....this is kinda fun to watch them sink - the lousy bastards that shut us all out a while back - now they wonder why no one wants to bet their pathetic excuse of a race track. What goes around, comes around. "
Time will tell if Tracknet is remembered the same way by horseplayers like Tom.