Who would have thought a story in the thoroughbred world not involving the Kentucky Derby would be worth mentioning this week? Well, I found one.
Thanks to the greed of Churchill Downs Inc., horse players are ticked off to the point a good number of them are planning to boycott not only Churchill Downs for increasing their takeout rates, but other Churchill Downs properties, including race tracks, Twin Spires ADW, and Brisnet, a past performance provider. A website, http://www.playersboycott.org/ has been established The Horesplayers Association of North America after surveying its members is endorsing the boycott and is putting together a list of ADWs and who provides past performance information for them so their members and others may make an informed decision if they decide to boycott Twin Spires.
Fortunately, I am not aware of any harness tracks that would do something as stupid as raise takeout rates (well, maybe those Pennsylvania tracks would) because the horse player has become too sophisticated when it comes to their gaming dollars; after all, they have choices where to spend the money.
Of course, the question is does Churchill Downs care? I suspect not.