THARS GOLD IN THEM THAR BOONDOCKS
At least that’s the implication in a recently posted
release documenting just how much money several enterprising
drivers were able to accumulate racing at the “Racino”
emporiums. Which while wonderful for them doesn’t
do the industry a whole lot of good unless its accompanied
by massive marketing thrusts illustrating how much money
individual horses might accumulate with the underlying suggestion
being that horse ownership at those places is not only sensible
Which according to Commissioner Scotty Tickets is something
we should be SHOUTING at anyone within earshot-as there
is real money to be made racing overnight horses at least
in some jurisdictions. .
Have you noticed what more than just some of these Dover
Downs dynamos actually earn during the course of a season?
Especially those horses considered Delaware Select class
carded each Monday night for a purse of $32,000. Under the
old letter class system most of those horses would probably
be classified somewhere between A3 and B1 but after spending
time in the first state, their lifetime earnings tend to
approximate what free-for-allers used to make.
In fact, one of our ex-alumni Art Director, an Artiscape
6-year-old has banked over $615,000 of which over $380,000
has been amassed at ages 4, 5 and 6 in which he’s
campaigned almost exclusively at Dover Downs.
Undoubtedly, there are many other Art Directors making
impressive though anonymous livings at assorted slots fueled
racetracks the mere knowledge of which might just entice
some would be fence sitters to get into the game.
Of course in order for that to happen, WORD would have
to get around.
Still not so sure we understand this furor regarding the
belated suspension for Smedshammer for moving over in the
Over the years it seems we can remember a lot worse in
which nothing was done including an incident when a legendary
driver was rather obvious failing to pass a tiring “house”
horse at a particular racetrack.
Then there was a Meadowlands Pace incident in which a Hall
of Famer almost scattered the outer tier hastily vacating
the pocket behind his leading and prohibitively favored
entry mate who may or may not have needed any assistance
although the accompanying explanation suggested the move
was to avoid getting trapped in case the leader tired.
Then there was the situation in which a stone closer got
used as a rabbit in a record attempt although it didn’t
come out until later that the driver of the rabbit had purchased
an interest in this newest world champion.
The point here is that just because race commissions, racetracks,
and/or stakes sponsors in their infinite wisdom may DECRY
that the magnitude of a specific purse negates any potential
conflict of stable interest- that is not necessarily the
Given the ultimate amenities allocated to trainers such
as breeding gratuities to developed stallions, in addition
to significant stable replenishment, it is totally unrealistic
to expect them not to favor one part of a stable entry over
Therefore, stable entries must be carded as betting entries
regardless of the ownership involved.
The Meadows will not be racing Saturdays anymore. Without
lights and heavy ONLINE competition along with larger RACINO
crowds, the track has decided to abandon Saturday racing
for the foreseeable future in 2008.
Lots of conclusions can be drawn from this announcement
not all of them positive.
A DUBIOUS DISTINCTION
The Meadowlands, our number one Harness Track was just accorded
the Readers Choice award from the Thoroughbred Times as
the nation’s best simulcast facility.
No not the new Favorites Simulcast Parlor over in Woodbridge,
but the actual racetrack in East Rutherford.
Whereas it may be a recognition of accomplishment for the
facility involved, one has to wonder if it’s something
Harness Racing in general should be celebrating and/or publicizing