Have to wonder what those people who are vehemently against horses racing from the second tier are saying this morning now that Camille (Artiscape) and Pet Rock (Roll With Joe) both one from the dreaded ten hole at Tioga Downs in major stakes events. They likely will say it is a fluke; I'll say see what happens when you try to win from the second tier instead of automatically conceding the victory before the start?
The New York Post was certainly within their right to get rid of in-house racing coverage, but they did it the day before the Belmont Stakes? What a bunch of pin-heads; common sense would indicate if you were going to do it; you would at least wait until the day after the big race. Yes, the shedding of their racing staff has a lot to do with being able to window shop the Post better for potential buyers, but anytime a major player in the sport decides to drop coverage, it is another slap across the face. The industry needs to come up with a way to provide racing coverage online for the wagering public. Not articles written for those in the industry which pass as news stories, we need stories written from the bettor's perspective. Available for free as well; not behind some paywall.
Florida's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has decided not to appeal the Administrative Law Judge's ruling which determined licensing barrel racing was illegal. However, the saga of their stupid decision continues a little longer as the 'horsemen's association' which sanctioned the meet has filed an appeal.
I read that trainers and owners in California are fighting, regarding where their horses will be stabling now that Hollywood Park has announced this upcoming fall meet will be the finale before the wrecking ball comes in. Hearing things like this is comforting, if only to prove thoroughbred horsemen are just as likely to avoid dealing with things until the relative last minute as standardbred horsemen. After all, it is no secret that Hollywood Park was going to be closing, only an economic crisis allowed it to last this long. Where was the planning the last few years for this eventuality? I guess they were too busy raising takeout rates to pay attention to this eventuality. Given their choices, I wonder if the famous freeways out in the Golden State will have 'horse only' lanes?
Since there is harness racing in Massachusetts (Plainridge Racecourse for those who are unaware), we need to discuss the total contempt the State of Taxachusetts has for gamblers. Granted, the state minimum payoff of $2.20 has been reduced to $2.10, no doubt helping the tracks when those dreaded bridge jumpers show up. has little impact on the average gambler but the state has decided to impose a 5% tax to be taken right away on any wager which pays $600 or more. Not the federal rules of having to report on a W2-G when you win $600 or more with odds of 300-1 or greater, just when you win $600 or more regardless of the base wager amount. So for the few hundred which may show up to Suffolk Downs or Plainridge to wager, make sure your exotic wagers are made on separate $2 tickets and make sure your win tickets are in tickets no greater than $10 denominations. For those who wager using an ADW, things may be more dicey if the regulation requires you to voluntarily tell the cashier if you have any other tickets which would make you hit the $600 threshold; as you can't lie to a computer.
If there is a silver lining to this stupidity, this impacts all gamblers, be they horse, lottery, or raffle players. Even casino players in those to be built casinos will be subject to this takeout charge. Can some of those companies who applied for one of the gaming licenses get a refund on the licensing fee?
And lastly, for those of you who enjoyed the deer trying their hand at racing at the Meadows, they apparently have switched over to thoroughbreds. Here is a video of a deer undergoing an official workout at Keenland Racecourse. One rumor has it the move to thoroughbred racing happened for failing to meet the qualifying standards at Bluegrass Downs over at Paducah.
Why we are at it, thanks to Standardbredgal who tweeted this video of a coyote running with the horses at Mohawk this past weekend. Just look to the outside as they navigate the first turn.