Moments after the New York Senate signed the virtual death warrant for NYCOTB, visitors to the NYRA website saw the following:
|Courtesy of NYRA|
That's right, free bus transportation from certain OTB locations to Aqueduct, complete with free program, hot dogs and soda. Subway schedules to get to the Big 'A'. Directions for getting to Aqueduct by car. Encouragement to sign-up for the NYRA ADW account program.
Over at Yonkers Raceway? Nothing. Perhaps someone needs to call them at Yonkers Raceway and let them know that OTB has closed. No more wagering dollars coming in from NYCOTB. Despite this, no attempt to get people to join Yonkers' ADW through TVG. No encouragement to have OTB customers come back to the track (maybe no room for them?). Nothing. Just business as normal.
What can be inferred from the difference in responses? Maybe what people say about Yonkers Raceway is true; they could care less about horse racing. After all, if they were concerned about racing, wouldn't they do something to try to get NYCOTB horseplayers to play the races at Yonkers?