Hard to believe you can retire a horse after a race like that
I think it would have been a better idea to do this on a day different from Belmont Stakes Day. If NYRA wanted to get attention to racing for more than just one day they would have put the races on a seperate day. Millions of people will watch the Belmont no matter what other races are on the card. People turn on the tv for the Belmont Stakes, not the Acorn. They already have the boosted handle being that the Belmont Stakes is on a card. If they wanted another day in which a lot of attention was focused on racing then it should be on a different day. Instead of just the Triple Crown and Breeders Cup as being days many people other than real fans watch, this Super Day could have been another day to get the boost this sport needs. I do not see anymore extra attention coming to this day because of the undercard.
I dont think anyone would want to run against cairo prince at GP considering the way GP track usually is, favoring horses near the lead. That being said I thought Top Billing was very impressive and Cairo Prince also. Might be the reason Top Billing did not run in Holy Bull. Not sure where Shug is going to place Honor Code and Top Billing. Maybe Arkansas even for one of them?
Wicked Strong- Cairo Prince- Intense Holiday...the 3 out of the strangly run Remsen
Thought he ran very well today considering the trouble. Couldnt believe there wasnt at least an inquiry. Will be interesting to see where Shug places him and Honor Code. Wouldnt think against each other.
Buckpasser, going private would probably help. In my opinion as long as the government is involved in New York deals wont be cut with the gamblers.
There are new rebate laws that are going into effect that cut the rebates big time players get back by a fairly large percentage. Granted fairly large in about 3% or 4% but that is a lot when you are dealing with people that bet millions every year. Im not a big player by any means but I do know of big players that are getting together against these new laws. In some cases discussing boycotting some tracks, specifically NYRA because of Cuomo. If this happens it will cause handle to decrease significantly.
Buckpasser, I get what you are saying about 2013 but I was talking about what looks to be coming in 2014. Some new laws are possibly on the horizon which may cause what we saw even on the first of the year to carry on through the entire new year.
The handle stats are a little scary to me. SA down almost 10%, Gulfstream down almost 20%. Turfway and Laurel both down 40%. Though, there are two more tracks open then there were last year. That either says people bet those tracks instead or it is a bad sign that there are more tracks but less handle. I guess up for interpretation.
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