Monday, March 11, 2013
Why Even Bother with Post Times?
Here is a modest proposal, why not just eliminate post times? Let's treat each race as if it was a guaranteed pool, where tracks pretty much know how much money is going to be bet on a particular race. Tracks can announce that Race 1 has a $100,000 guaranteed mutuel pool, in otherwords, holding the race up until $100,000 is wagered on the race. Once the $100,000 mark has been reached, the starter will send the field on their way. Think of the additional thrill of gambling; wait as long as possible but make sure you get your bet in before the guarantee is hit otherwise risk getting shut out! Of course, if the mutual manager is wrong, the first race which used to go off at 7:30pm may not go off until 10:30pm, but what the heck, we keep our customers waiting on the Internet as well as at the track anyway. Maybe we can shoot some t-shirts into the stands to keep the customers occupied?
Truth be told, rather than post time meaning the horses come out to the track to parade and fall asleep until the mutuel manger says 'Go', I prefer this method. Just put a graphic on the bottom of the screen showing how much money is wagered in the race and it will give me a more accurate time as to when the race goes off. What is going on now is purely bush league.
The ironic thing is the industry realizes they need to improve the game. I really don't understand having people wait even longer between races really improves the game but I am sure someone will explain it to me.
Once upon a time, there used to be a rule which dictated a race must go off within so many minutes of post time. Did the tracks get the rule eliminated or do the judges ignore it?
Here is another thought. Tell gamblers your race is going off at 7:30 sharp, come hell of high water. The regular money will get in early enough that the whales will be able to wager accordingly so the race may go off on time. All it takes is all tracks to agree to it.
It would be a step in the right direction. Who knows, maybe racetrack handles will go up because people wouldn't find your racing so boring waiting forever for a race to start?