I promise, here is the last time I plan to talk about the fair start rule for a long, long time.
You may be wondering what made me discuss the Fair Start rule once again. A Canadian gambler brought the Hazel Park race to my attention which made me take a look at it. After reading my most recent blog on the subject, this individual responded to me saying,
honestly had no idea before now that the "Fair Start Rule" only
applied up here. I kept expecting to see that the horse was a VERY late
scratch, or, to see the inquiry sign and a refund for sure. Imagine my shock
when the race was declared official and my money taken. Gambler Beware!"
Gambler Beware indeed. Welcome to the Great Money Grab.
Yesterday I gave the benefit as to why the Fair Start Rule went down to defeat in New Jersey As I said in yesterday's post I was being naïve to give the NJRC the benefit of the doubt. Today, I can speak with more certainty. Supposedly the tote companies would have a problem if a horse left behind at the fair start pole managed to get into a paying position despite being 300' behind at the start. This is a red herring. If the tote companies can't handle it the easy thing to do is tell the driver of a horse left behind to pull up or not to scratch the horse until after the race is over to make sure he doesn't finish in a paying position.
Let's not kid ourselves, it is the fear of racetracks and horsemen losing the commission they would have earned on the horse if it was declared a starter. What if a favorite was left behind at the fair start pole when the race begins? How much would the track and horsemen lose?
Sadly, the fact is while racing commissions purport to protect the interests of the horseplayer, they are pro-industry and don't really look out for the interests of the horseplayer.
So if you think the racing commission will protect your interests, gamblers beware.
Finally, a story about the danger of betting with an off-shore operation which promises to pay track odds. One unlucky gambler wagered with one of those off-shore companies and hit the Pick-4 in Australia and was paid zilch. You see, the off-shore company paid off using North American odds and since the wagers weren't comingled, no one in North America had the Pick-4, hence no payoff on a winning ticket.
So if considering wagering with an off-shore wagering company; gambler beware..