So Hoosier Park is adding a passing lane this year come opening day. Why? How many handicappers are jumping up and down at the prospect of the lack of movement in races knowing everyone is going to be waiting for the passing lane to make their move? After all, isn't the prospect of $2.80 payoffs wonderful?
The Meadowlands doesn't have a passing lane and look at how races are conducted there as well as payoffs. Notice the $3 million handle days they have had? This is what bettors are looking for, not a passing lane which will make racing at Hoosier look like the standard mile races at Yonkers.
Of course, there will be one group happy. Drivers at Hoosier have been posting their excitement of the passing lane coming to Hoosier Park. We will see how business at Hoosier reacts to the change. Somehow, I don't believe handle will be going up anytime soon.