Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunday Morning Notes

- Front page of the Sunday Baltimore Sun has an article about slot machines and how they fail to increase the handle at horse tracks that have them. Not an article I want to see, but the anti-slot people are doing cartwheels down Preakness Way (The street that goes behind the backstretch of Pimlico).

- The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association is really trying hard to keep horses from going to Pennsylvania. They are introducing new two year old stakes races, and advertising "You only need to spend 90 days in Delaware to get certified." When you have to advertise your owner/breeder incentives, you may have some problems down the road.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The first sentence in the Sun story says the racing is more competitive than ever at Delaware. The reporter doesn't know enough about racing to examine the field sizes at the track -- the true barometer of a healthy program. Delaware racing is dismal and deserves its low handle. If Maryland got slots, Delaware, which fills its races with Maryland horses, would be forced to reduce racing dates. Maryland has long been the prime racing and horse state in the region (Delaware has virtually no breeding program whatsoever) and it probably would react in that manner if it got an infusion of money that would allow fair competition.


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