If the answer is yes, why aren't you playing Tioga Downs and/or Vernon Downs?
You see, at these tracks, Tioga Downs track announcer James Witherite is doing the work for you, reviewing each race at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs and compiling trip notes in addition to providing his analysis of the races.
We are not talking about the two or three worded trip note in the past performance line if the track even provides the information; we are talking about fully descriptive trip notes such as the following:
7. Prince Marathon
16May sprinted clear, yielded, 2w str, driving, just up
09May locked in ½, labored ¼, evenly
04May 2w 9/16, failed to catch cove
The information compiled in the notes is any race since April 11 at the two track.s Unfortunately, if a race is contested elsewhere other than Tioga and Vernon, the information won't appear so a day where there are NYSS races, the information may be limited but when overnight races are being contested, this information may be invaluable; especially if you are a trip handicapper. To access this information, follow these links for Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs.
So knowing this information, why aren't you playing Tioga Downs and/or Vernon Downs? True, the handles are not Meadowlands-size but it may still be profitable to play these tracks even if you cuts back on the size of your typical bets. Don't forget, Tioga Downs has some of the lowest takeout rates in America so you get more bang for your dollar. In enough time, handle will build up and larger bets can be handled without impacting the odds. If you are a casual player, then these track should be on short list of tracks to play. After all, what other track(s) provide you with this level of information?
Ripping Off the Regulars
A seat in the dining room at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day goes for a princely sum of $450. I understand there is a demand for seats, but what about the horseplayer who comes regularly to the track and eats in the dining room? No room in the inn for them? If it was me, I would tell them they have seen the last of me. Don't get me wrong, I understand demand is high and accept the fact the prices will be somewhat elevated since it is a special event but to attempt to extract this much money from the regulars or tell them the hot dogs are available downstairs is unconscionable.