HANA is committed to giving horseplayers a voice. Part of our job entails shining a spotlight on industry practices that are anti-player.
Every player I have spoken with this week is excited about the Breeders Cup. This year it is held at Churchill Downs, one of the most takeout friendly tracks in North America.
With this year’s Breeders Cup fast approaching, I’d be remiss as HANA’s President if I didn’t point out a decidedly player unfriendly policy being carried out by Woodbine against Canadian players.
If you play this year's Breeders Cup through HPI and are fortunate enough to hit a trifecta or superfecta for example, you can expect Woodbine to pay you off as if the takeout rate was between 25% and 27%, despite the fact that the takeout for these wagers at Churchill Downs is 19%.
That's right. If you bet this year's Breeders Cup through HPI and hit one of these wagers, you can expect to be paid significantly less than if you had made the same wager at Churchill Downs or through a pari-mutuel ADW in the US. For example, if a trifecta pays $2200 at Churchill, the Canadian customer will only receive a little more than $2000.
We at HANA find this policy deplorable. We know that you as players feel exactly the same way.
Rather than just call attention to this in a write up, we at HANA would ask you to let track management at Woodbine know how you feel.
Why not take the time to write them an email - or better yet an old fashioned letter - voicing your thoughts? Phoning them is also an option.
Woodbine’s contact info is shown below:
Woodbine Entertainment Group
P.O. Box 156, 555 Rexdale Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario, M9W 5L2
Telephone: (416) 675-7223 (RACE)
Toll Free: 1-888-675-7223 (RACE)
Internet Comment Page: http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/VisitUs/Contact/Pages/AskAQuestion.aspx