Forego may have caught a tiring Honest Pleasure, but he was still lugging 137 to HP's 119.
Part of the problem for carrying weight is that much of it was done in the four yr old season or after. Something that few horses do anymore, though that seems to be changing with a number of horses coming back this year. Also the championship season was different, you came East for the top races like the handicap triple crown, which is no more, and races like the Woodward, a Aqueduct Handicap and The JCGC, where high weights were assigned. I think there are more big purse races to chose from at many slot fueled tracks now so that if an owner doesn't like a weight or condition, he can easily go elsewhere. Also you don't have racing secretaries, like Trotter etc. who assigned weights.
The great Discovery carried 130 or more 19 races out of 33 in a two yr period. The highest amount he carried was 143. The highest weight he won under was 139.
Yes the vote will be interesting to say the least, but the sad fact is that SD is dead either way. Management was hanging on for the possibility of a casino. If a repeal happens, there will be more issues raised as a great deal of money was spent at Plainridge in the construction etc. and somebody will have to pay that back. Along with other problems.
I too am fond of goblin and recognized some good nature teasing
I think Brockton could reopen for a meet, once you were having a meet that was bringing money at Plainridge.
IHATC. I think Goblin was pulling your leg a bit. She was definitely pulling mine a little too
The other issue is that they need ASAP to secure a simulcasting license. As of December 30th, it ends at Suffolk Downs. Many states have regs about where you can simulcast as in only tracks themselves and some limit the signal a place gets like KY because the harness tracks there can only get harness signal and TB tracks only TB signal
Well to me they need to look at what is up and racing now and Plainridge is, plus they will have a brand new facility starting next year with improvements etc. and whether you like Penn National or not they are in the TB business in other states. If you look at the Meadowlands when it first opened after renovations, a Gural said only TB racing on turf. That view has changed. The problem the Mass group is facing is without a steady stream of money, or the promise of it, no one is investing. All of the older racing facilities were built for the large number of patrons of years ago. All new facilities are smaller and boast more dining etc amenities. So they need a new facility or something updated at the very least. Frankly they need to secure the 75 percent take out of the casino monies before the legislature decides on another use for that money. Just my opinions, obviously
To me I think one of the best alternatives is to see if Plainridge which now has only harness racing would sponsor a TB meet, because by early next year their slots parlor will be up and running. Many years past most tracks had both a TB and harness meet. The old track at Brockton is a possibility, but time is of the essence because the breeders will soon if they haven't already packed it in. Plainridge is running, but the meet is short due to the construction going on.
Sadly this business is going through an enormous contraction. You may want to take a look at the Ohio tracks as they are having some decent money and races
I saw a Bloodhorse article that the decision will drastically harm the breeding industry. Several talking if possibly folding up. The monies I have read will be put in escrow if there is a new track built, which as they said with no casino money is long odds. Well Laurel will have casino money as does Gulfstream so that will help purses. And with Suffolk closing, it may help field size at several other tracks, including Finger Lakes and Charles Town.
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