Mike Maloney is a HANA VP and he works hard on industry issues. Sometimes we forget he is a heck of a good horseplayer. He was recently a part of an in-depth interview on myriad issues.
On picking his spots: "Now I try harder to be a complete horseplayer, to find pedigree plays, pace plays, and trainer angles that work—or maybe angles that are specific to a certain distance at a certain track."
On Pace: "I think evaluating pace is still an area where there’s still some opportunity if a person takes the time to do it."
On Take: "All we’re doing when we raise takeout is driving away people. The regulars are coming less often or they’re coming just as often but getting ground down. People within the game still don’t understand how destructive takeout is."
On Pros: "All of us who watch poker tournaments on TV—and I never thought I’d be one of them—see winners. We see these young kids with great skill making money. And that helped drive the popularity of poker. You never hear those kinds of stories in racing."
For the full interview, graciously allowed to us for reprint by Horseplayer Magazine (thank you!), please click here. It will open into a PDF. Note: Mike will be a guest on "Blinkers Off" tomorrow at 11:30AM on TVG. He will be talking about some of the tote issues he has been working on.