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Friday, June 3, 2016

Youth Movement and Lack of ADW Choice

Tonight at the Meadowlands there is a handicapping contest being offered on the Meadowlands race card for those 18 to 30.  There is no entry fee yet handicappers will be competing for a total of $5,000 in purse money.  Participants will be viewing the races from the top of the facility and offered a free buffet.  If you fit the bill, you may register up to 7:00pm tonight.

This is a nice way to get younger people interested in wagering on the races.  A nice night out, a free buffet and the possibility of winning some money is a good way to introduce a younger demographic to racing, hopefully getting them to return to the track to play the horses.  Will it work?  Time will tell but if you don't try, you have no hope of success.

If you live in New Jersey and were hoping to wager on Hippodrome 3R's All-Star Driving Championship on Sunday, you are out of luck as 4NJBets is not offering the signal.  It shouldn't be surprising being the operators of Monmouth Park are in charge of the relationship with TVG.  Were there to be a jockey challenge at Bush Downs, rest assured they would have made sure TVG offered it to NJ punters; a harness racing driving challenge?  No.   So with TVG not offering Hippodrome 3R's signal, it is time to switch ADW providers, right?  Nope, it is illegal in NJ to have an account with another ADW.  The law needs to be changed to allow competition so punters may select the ADW which caters to their individual taste and needs.

The Maine Harness Racing Commission has penalized seven trainers for positives for cobalt, handing down hefty suspensions and fines subject to appeal, according to WCSH in Maine.  Of course, being a smaller market, this story was put on the air allowing the citizens of Maine to be aware of the penalties.  Does anyone wonder why attendance and handle is down when the sport gets publicity like this?

1 comment:

Paul O'Malley said...

And TVG/NJBets went down on Derby Day right before the main event. I had a house full of people for a party, and most didn't get their bets in. Very embarrassing.