Great new look for FREEHOLD in the visual presentation
area as the new graphics make it even easier to follow the
action than before. In this era of bringing the product
into the living room the technological advancement at Freehold
is a welcome addition. There is nothing more frustrating
than watching races on a simulcast screen and not knowing
who is where at what point. Freehold’s visual innovations
alleviate that scenario…
The Red Mile has struck a deal for FUTURITY DAY possibly
other days to be broadcast on Magna’s Horse Racing
TV network which is not only channel 10 on your RTN screen
but is carried on a growing number of DISH NETWORK and CABLE
SYSTEMS. This represents a significant opportunity to bring
our best and most photogenic product to the potentially
convertible instead of just the already converted RTN subscribers.
Dan Zucker of HRTV is trying to put together a meeting
of Harness decision makers in Lexington in the vicinity
of futurity day and you can count Perretti Farms amongst
the vitally interested.
Don’t know is HRTV is yet available on HPTV the WEG
replacement for Canadian TRN but it should be!
Commissioner Scotty Tickets made it to Monticello for the
2-year-old New York Sires Stakes pacing colts the other
day and was a bit taken aback by the absolute dearth of
spectators on what was a beautiful Tuesday afternoon that
featured several attractive events. There were people in
the casino however.
AN ILLUMINATING DISCUSSION
On Hambletonian Day wound up in a rather illuminating conversation
after innocuously remarking how great it would be some of
the 31,000 plus fans in attendance could actually be persuaded
to come back on other days- only to be counseled by a hall
of fame dignitary whose talent and intellect I respect greatly-
how under the current spectrum of contemporary behavior
that my statement was just a whimsical pipedream.
He indicated that people just don’t go out like they
used to and how racetracks now operate via occasional big
event days (Like The Hambletonian) and try to eek out as
much simulcasting revenue as possible. But the days of people
coming out on Wednesday nights have long gone. He gently
chided that I too seldom show up at racetracks anymore although
after 35 years of fanatically ritualistic attendance my
personal abstinence is somewhat explainable. However, the
lack of interest and/or staying power of those who’ve
come after me does seem more than just disconcerting to
say the least.
The gist of this is that if this guy is right and he may
well be 100% on target considering how he would be privy
to the inner sanctum thinking of upper echelon management
then the question really becomes how our rapidly diminishing
pool of owners gets replenished seeing as how so many of
our existing owners were diehard racing fans first., .
This seems a far more pressing issue than many of the others
being discussed these days.
Whacha gonna do Dave Palone when PALONE RANGER draws into
the same field with DAVE PANLONE. PALONE RANGER (Western
Ideal-Mercy Mercy Mercy) was a sharp second in the opening
leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes at Freehold on Saturday.
DAVE PANLONE won his Arden Downs division in solid fashion.
We’ll be sending MERCULESE the Artsplace sister to
Palone Ranger to Harrisburg in November. Sharp looking filly
Speaking of Artsplace fillies, you’ll like VAIN IN
SPAIN the first foal from Open Season and OZMOPOLITAN from
the very well bed Western Wizard.
You’ll also like ECHOLOGICAL the Muscles Yankee first
colt from Echo Hanover. Echo’s first foal Repetitions
never had a chance being pastured injured as a weanling.