This is a nice way to get younger people interested in wagering on the races. A nice night out, a free buffet and the possibility of winning some money is a good way to introduce a younger demographic to racing, hopefully getting them to return to the track to play the horses. Will it work? Time will tell but if you don't try, you have no hope of success.
The Maine Harness Racing Commission has penalized seven trainers for positives for cobalt, handing down hefty suspensions and fines subject to appeal, according to WCSH in Maine. Of course, being a smaller market, this story was put on the air allowing the citizens of Maine to be aware of the penalties. Does anyone wonder why attendance and handle is down when the sport gets publicity like this?