Attendees were asked to list the issues they felt were the most important. Topping the list was the horse shortage in California, followed by the takeout rates. California increased the takeout on exotic wagers beginning in 2011 to bolster purses. Horseplayers have protested vociferously, many in the form of boycotting the current meetings at Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita.
The Hollywood meeting was closed to the media, and attendees were asked not to discuss specifics because everything is still in the idea stage. The group in the future plans to divide into four sections to concentrate on the areas deemed most important—marketing, takeout, distribution, and product.
Thanks to all HANA members who completed the Hollywood Park survey we sent out last week. Your voice is being heard.