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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wendesday Briefs

Attention Illinois Residents:  Annoyed you can't use your ADW account due to the authorizing law sunsetting on December 31?  HANA has issued an action alert listing steps you can take to get access to your account.

We are now 45 days away from D-Day in Ontario, the end of SAR, and while I am sure negotiations are on-going, only horsemen at Woodbine and Mohawk know they have somewhere to race come April 1.  Everyone else?  Not so lucky as they have no idea if they will have careers or jobs come April 1. At least there will be some type of standardbred and thoroughbred industry come April 1.  Albeit small, there is no idea if there will be a quarter horse industry in Ontario as there is no news regarding Ajax Downs and Fort Erie where there has been some mixed breed cards in the past.

I understand SAR is dead, but to be this close to the deadline without people knowing if they will be employed or not is unconscionable.  At a minimum, the OLG should extend the SAR program until they can finalize any agreements necessary to schedule a racing calendar for 2013, even if the extension is month-to-month.  Is giving racing employees two months notice of their future too much to ask for?

I know these days Maryland racing is off the beaten path but standardbred horsemen racing at Rosecroft will be doing relatively well this year with purses increaseing 33% from last year's purses thanks to revenue from the slots program in the state.  Their bottom class, non-winners of $750 in last three starts will be racing for $3,000; winners over $4,000 in last three starts will be racing for as much as $7,000; bottom $5,000 claimers will be racing for $3,500.  No, not exactly uber purses as in some slot states, but still a pretty decent purse structure.  Of course, depending on what happens with the sole gaming licenes in Prince George County, it remains to be seen if racing goes past 2013.