While feeling relief in knowing at least there will be a racing season this year in Ontario, horsemen should remember nothing is really changing from the transition study. In particular, horsemen and track operators should remember the transitional aid is to be based on performance targets and building fan interest in racing. This means don't sit back and say "We got the best deal we could" and go back to your old ways; it means it is time to roll up the sleeves and work towards attracting more interest in horse racing, both at the windows and as an entertainment option.
One track which has not stopped trying to increase interest in their product through this whole saga is The Raceway at Western Fair District. Early this week, they begun announcing a new promotion on their website and social media but with yesterday's announcement, they sent the following press release out:
The Raceway at The Western Fair District will offer a new daily promotion starting this Monday, March 11.
The ‘Pick 10 For A Grand’ contest is absolutely Free to play and requires correctly selecting 10 consecutive winners during the race program. The contest will run from races 3-12 daily and is available both online and for those customers on track.Anyone who correctly selects all 10 winners on a card will take home $1,000 in cash.
To play along, just visit www.westernfairdistrict.com, click on the Gaming link and then click on the contest banner.
Looking at their website, the contest rules referred to provinces and states so it appears the promotion is open to U.S. Citizens. So take a look at their program (free on their website) and start entering. Of course, they would appreciate it if you lay a few bets down as well, especially since you've done your handicapping anyway.
Meanwhile back in New Jersey, Freehold Raceway and the NJSEA are still going at it according to John Brennan of The Record. From Brennan's reporting we can conclude the transition of 4NJBets to TVG almost got held up as the result of this spat between Freehold and the NJSEA, but enough progress regarding their dispute was made so Freehold withdrew their restraining order request which allowed the change over to occur. Of course, once the change over occurred, the NJSEA got a little more intransigent in their position so Freehold is back in court asking it to get involved in resolving the dispute. Freehold is also threatening to reinstate their restraining order request. It seems kind of hard to restrain the conversion to TVG once it happened so I doubt the horseplayers will be impacted but whoever thought ADW customers in Illinois would no longer be able to wager on horses? Hopefully this dispute gets resolved quickly enough.