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    Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Makes me sad, really. Outside of Keeneland, Saratoga, Del Mar, the Breeder's Cup, and the Triple Crown...the sport just doesn't get attention and isn't well attended.
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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Sadly, you are correct.

    I still can't figure out why our state legislature will not allow the horse industry to grow here in Texas.

    Whenever someone comes to visit, whether on a business or friendly premise, and they happen to be horse players I'm almost to the point of being embarrassed to take them out to Lone Star Park and will instead offer to go to Louisiana Downs or Hot Springs instead.

    The amount of quality horses that actually run here is just abysmal and all because of the lack of purse money. If someone has a good horse on their hands down here they aren't running here but, are being shipped out of state to have a shot at legitimate purses.

    Its been almost two years since I've actually gone to Lone Star Park for "live" racing as its just no worth it due to the amount of deals brokered back in the barns to help keep folks afloat.

    I actually have to give some credit to the new owners here as they are continually doing as many things to dress up a stale offering with a really good satellite betting parlor that I spend most of my time at.

    The most damaging thing about this is that, if you are 20 and can see already what kind of trouble this sport faces, how much longer can it be financially viable with no new and young horse players to support it?


    ( I hate the f'king timer on this site when trying to compose a sensible post and being kicked off... )

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    All of what you say is true...but you also have to remember that I live in Kentucky. I'm much more tuned into the horse industry than the average 20 year old, especially living in Lexington.

    I wish keeneland was open more days: 8 weekends a year is too few.
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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    I was under the impression that horse racing was still popular among the uber rich. I try to watch the triple crown races. The wife and I want to attend the Derby one year so she can wear one of those big hats and drink mint juleps.

    Back in the day that stuff was like the biggest thing ever - even bigger than the Super Bowl. The payout on one Seabiscuit race was $100,000 at a time when the average US citizen earned $500 per year.

    Oh well... Instead of boxing and horse racing we can watch super-cool modern stuff like MMA and NASCAR. *sarcasm*

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    I was actually just talking about this at work today with a colleague that still goes to Fairmount Park weekly. Apparently that track is dying a slow death because the illinois legislature won't approve slot play etc on site. From what he's mentioned the schedule at Fairmount has been basically cut in half, and the purses being offered are not worth trainers running the track. Sad to see, because it is fun to go a couple times a year.

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Dammit Gr8, I was going to make mention of the fact that you're right there in the hot-bed of horse racing but, getting kicked off the site while stabbing at the keyboard instead of actually being able to type cost me my train of thought.

    Like MizzouRob mentioned, its the lack of race tracks in Texas being able to operate as "Racinos" and compete with the tracks in Oklahoma and Louisiana by not being able to use VLT's to increase purse sizes and in turn draw improved horses to vie for those larger purses.

    So, who's got the winning trifecta and superfecta for Saturday's Derby?

    Anybody got any interesting tidbits on Prospective (50/1) or Sabercat (35/1)?

    I hate the f'n timer on this site...

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Yeah, the fact that this is my home track doesn't hurt my racing interests...





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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    As for the Derby, Prospective may not be a bad show bet or a "fun" $2 win bet...but that's it. I can't see him doing anything...6th in the Bluegrass?

    I kind of like Take Charge Indy. PS -- Calvin Borel.

    Gemologist is the favorite, IMO. 2 for 2 at Churchill + the Wood Memorial? Can't deny that.
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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Bodemeister freaked in his last race and as long as he is not affected by that race (called a "bounce") he should dominate. Me being the sucker I am, will totally go against what I just wrote and crush #10 Daddy Nose Best. Improving horse with 2 races at 9 Furlongs and improving each start.

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by MizzouRob View Post
    I was actually just talking about this at work today with a colleague that still goes to Fairmount Park weekly. Apparently that track is dying a slow death because the illinois legislature won't approve slot play etc on site. From what he's mentioned the schedule at Fairmount has been basically cut in half, and the purses being offered are not worth trainers running the track. Sad to see, because it is fun to go a couple times a year.
    Illinois Racing just got an infusion of Casino money for purses. Illinois is not going away yet. That said, the money is causing a lot of problems here in Chicago at Arlington Park. The horsemen want that money released before 2013, while Arlington wants the money to go until 2014. Arlington is hedging that Illinois will not get slots (which they won't as long as Governor Quimby is in charge). Because of this fight, Arlington has cut purses 20% and the horsemen are doing an "unofficial boycott" of Arlington.

    So what's the point of all this? Illinois residents cannot bet on Churchill Downs unless they have an online wagering account.

    This is how Illinois Racing is run. :sigh:

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