It’s mentioned that most of the individuals who run horse racing in the US, and maybe on the earth, are hide-bound and sluggish to vary. Just like the U.S. automakers who’re taking a lot warmth now, the individuals who run race tracks and management horse racing within the Untied States are sometimes regarded as caught previously and caught in a rut. Is that actually a real and honest evaluation and if that’s the case, what could possibly be finished to enhance horse racing?
I’ve a fan’s eye view of horse racing and as soon as owned race horses, so I’ve two views that I can use. I’ve by no means run a race observe, although I’ve been a observe worker on one event, so my understanding and data of what it takes to run a race observe is restricted. Nonetheless, since racing can’t survive with out the followers and through these powerful financial occasions, the followers have very restricted sources for leisure, it could behoove the racing officers and observe house owners to ask the followers what they need after which, if in any respect attainable, to present it to them.
All of it comes down to some elements, like worth, leisure, comfort. Once I spend a greenback, I wish to get one thing for it, to really feel that I’ve gotten my cash’s price. I haven’t got to pay to stroll right into a on line casino to gamble they usually give me perks, like free meals and even a free room if I gamble sufficient. What do I get from the race observe?
Right here in Southern California, a day on the race observe is an costly proposition. I’ve to pay to park, pay for a superb program with some previous efficiency info, and pay to get into the observe. I can then stand in lengthy strains to make use of an computerized teller machine or to put my guess with a clerk. I believe this can be a case of poor worth and poor comfort. Do not you?
Now if I merely wish to guess on simulcast races and go to an area race observe on a day after they aren’t internet hosting any dwell races, I nonetheless need to pay to go inside and pay for previous performances. Greyhound race tracks have free previous performances that may be downloaded off the web and in the event that they cost admission, it’s often solely a buck or two, although many supply free admission.
I like horse racing, however that does not imply I ought to pay a premium simply to attend a race observe. Different individuals wish to gamble and can go to a on line casino as a substitute of a race observe due to the related prices. I might slightly spend my greenback on a guess than admission and parking. By the point I park my automotive, get into the observe, and purchase previous performances, I’ve spent over $10 and I have not even seen a race or positioned a guess. That’s simply the worth to get into the grandstand space, too. If I wish to be part of the swells within the clubhouse it prices far more.
So here’s a suggestion give free admission and free parking and a few sort of free program that has sufficient info in it for the typical individual to make an knowledgeable determination a couple of race and to guess it. Extra clerks so the betting strains can be shorter and deal with each buyer, each the swells and the typical individual, the $2 bettor, like a valued buyer. With out the bettors there can be no racing. Dropping your fan base is the way you lose the game.
A few years in the past I labored at a greyhound race observe. We did a survey of the purchasers as they got here by means of the door, in reality, I stood and greeted them, handed them a free reward, and requested them what they’d do to enhance their day at our observe. Lots of them have been additionally horse gamers they usually mentioned that they needed to have the ability to guess on exactas on the canine. At the moment, the observe I labored at and a lot of the different greyhound tracks solely supplied quinellas.
So the tracks step by step began including exactas to the cardboard and the individuals guess on them and revenues elevated. I’d just do the other on the best online horse betting tracks. I’d supply quinellas. To me, betting an exacta field is a waste of cash as a result of I’m shopping for two mixtures so one is a assured loser. Regardless that a quinella could pay lower than an exacta, psychologically, I just like the quinella higher. I can spend $2 for an exacta field and get the payoff for a $1 exacta or I can spend $2 for a quinella and get your entire quinella.
I believe that providing the quinella on horse races like some tracks already do, can be a method to enhance racing. Lastly, the most effective factor they may do to enhance racing can be to decrease the takeouts. Between the takeout and breakage, we’re being bled an excessive amount of. Give the followers a break financially and they’re going to replay you with their attendance, in any other case, horse racing goes to undergo the identical destiny the auto business has met.