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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Crying Over Spilled Milk

On the Standardbred Canada website, prominently featured is Robert Burgess' response to the latest proposal by the Racetrack Transition Panel.  The letter goes into detail on how the current plan in Burgess' estimation will not succeed in sustaining horse racing in the province and he may very well be right. My problem with the letter is it is a case of crying over spilled milk, which in this case is the end of the slots at racetrack program.  Was it dirty pool how the racing industry got its legs cut out from under them by the OLG decision to end SARP?   Absolutely.  The problem is when you are government, you can change the rules when you want to. 

The fact is SARP is gone and it isn't going to return.  Like it or not, racing has been dealt a new hand and the key is to play that hand the very best way possible.  By all means, lobby the government in order to make your new hand as strong as possible, possibly even asking for a new card or two to improve your hand.  What isn't going to happen is the government going to go back to re-deal the royal flush racing had.  There is no sense to talking about it.

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