Rich Eng in the Las Vegas Review-Journal looked at Gulfstream and Santa Anita today:
"Sounds like a case of Stronach's left and right hands not knowing what the other is doing." he types.
We have a slightly different take on that point - we think it is more because of over-reaching policy from above. When customers and racetracks are allowed to discuss issues, and share growth goals, some good can come out of it (in this day and age several tracks are listening to you), but when things are dictated by a third party, that only exacerbates and enhances the issue relating to racings many fiefdoms. Case in point - NYRA's resistance to any takeout hikes three years ago with respect to the OTB problem dictated to them, and of course, the CHRB making multi-billion dollar gambling decisions, directly opposed to all available economic literature on the matter. When there are seemingly dozens of fiefdoms with power all armed with salt to throw on a wound, the wound ends up hurting.