Sometimes there is lunacy on the runner's side of the business that it needs to be brought up in a harness racing blog; if nothing else, to hopefully stop the same mistake being made on our side.
According to press sources, Churchill Downs is going to debut the first of the "Downs After Dark" programs this Friday night in an effort to attract customers who are unable to come to the track during the day. They have installed temporary lights to see if it is feasible to do this on an on-going basis.
Excluding the Derby, it costs $3 to get into the track. Friday night? $10 (subsequent Friday nights will be $6). What is wrong with this picture?
With Churchill Downs having problems themselves, you would think they would be doing anything to encourage attendance at the track, not discourage it. Even if they get more people than usual to show up, how many others will be discouraged?
Hopefully, no harness track would be so arrogant to pull a move like this.