Today is Jugette Day. These next two days of racing at the Delaware County Fairgrounds I look forward to every year. Not being able to get to the track, I have relied on my 4NJBETS account to follow the action and bet.
Well, with my initial selections made for today, I went to 4NJBETS.COM, this year powered by TVG and lo and behold, nowhere did it say Delaware County Fair or Little Brown Jug (as it has in years past).
Confused, I wrote the friendly people at Customer Service asking where the Delaware County Fair can be found and here is the response I got:
Thank you for emailing TVG! Unfortunately, we will not have the races from Delaware County Fair.
TVG Customer Relations
WTF? My understanding is TVG which runs 4NJBETS since the transition, was basically going to offer all the races NJBETS used to offer before. I realized when they didn't offer the Gold Cup and Saucer this year it was not completely true, but this is the Jug(ette), certainly they would offer those races. Guess not. Since I play by the rules and it is against NJ law for a New Jersey resident to have another ADW account, I am SOL.
Needless to say, I am not pleased. This is progress? I understand TVG doesn't have a contract with the Jug people to carry the races, but since they were operating it for the New Jersey, I would figure they would carry it at least for New Jersey.
Regardless, how does one of harness racing's biggest days not get as wide as possible coverage on ADWs? Could you see the Kentucky Derby not be offered by an ADW? And we wonder why harness racing has problems.
Update: I have subsequently learned TVG's tote system doesn't support multi-heat racing. There was an exception made by TVG for the Hambletonian (they better have!), but it required a large manual effort so their policy is not to offer racing from any other track which has multi-heat racing. Hence, no LBJ. For those New Jersey residents who want to play the Little Brown Jug, you may visit the Meadowlands and other NJ tracks to wager via simulcasting.
Being there are so few multi-heat races (three to be precise), I guess there is a valid reason to get rid of multi-heat racing. It certainly makes no sense to expect an ADW to change their tote system when there are so few races involved. If it means getting maximum exposure via ADWs, then heat racing needs to go.