This guy was my Derby horse and I thought he would be a good stallion. Glad to see he is doing well.
Lots of indoor rings had this stuff in the hunter/ jumper areas. They used it in indoor rings up north because it supposedly needed less maintenance and didn't freeze as much and didn't need to be raked up. Problem was the stuff was dusty and if you were riding with a lot of horses, the dust would kick up so much you'd start coughing and you were covered with the stuff. To keep the dust down, they put water and tried to York rake it. Stuff was worse, like gray mud with consistency of glue. All the rings then went back to dirt as it was easier to maintain. Would imagine the tracks are worse.
TV. You need to take a look at Gural's facilities. Over 11,000 on opening day at the racetrack at Tioga Downs. He's applying for full casino in the Southern Tier in NY. Probably will get it as he donated big money to Cuomo.
TBDF. Make sure you share this book with us. Glad you are doing well.
TBDF. Where the heck have you been? Missed your posts. Glad you're back :)
What is not being considered is that racetracks need to build new smaller facilities that are state of the art to attract wagering and entertainment dollars and you will not get that without casinos or the prospect of one.
Thanks goblin. Ohio and Indiana, particularly in harness racing has improved greatly. Also Ohio has a strong fair circuit where the Little Brown Jug is held and purses have increased. The number of stallions alone in Ohio for harness racing has doubled with the casinos. @Kaitline. Have fun there and let us know how it is.
Kay. This book is expensive because it is a university press. University of Kentucky to be exact. The author is a professor at Emory and received a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Humanities for this book.
Kay. Yes it is. It is well researched and I got my copy from the Hall of Fame.
Ohio racing has improved dramatically with all the moves and rebuilding of tracks. Harness racing had new tracks built. One was Lebannon Raceway and when it opened, the racing part was packed. They had their best handle in a long time. Yes tracks get swallowed by the casinos, but it depends on who owns it. Gural has casinos with racetracks, but the tracks are well taken care of. Indiana is another case in point, yes they have casinos at tracks, but the racing has improved with better facilities and more money for purses and top horses have been going there. Also there has been an increase in stallions breeding in the state. Same with Ohio.
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