Well, the last post had some good comments and then a nerve appears to have been hit regarding the subject of rebates. There is the argument that rebates are needed to allow big gamblers to 'win' versus the more recreational bettor who resent these players are given an advantage they don't get.
My personal feeling as an admittedly recreational player is offering rebates to whales while the little guy has to play against the full rake is patently unfair. Yes, I know in the business world volume rebates are0 part of the pricing scheme but it seems to be wrong here. If tracks can offer rebates to the whales, they should cut the takeout so everyone gets the benefit. Quite honestly, if it wasn't the fact I enjoy harness racing, I would have stopped playing the horses a long time ago because of the 'unfair' advantage some players are given. The fact there isn't another gambling game I like is another reason I still play the trotters.
Mind you, the issue of rebates for players involves all forms of horse racing, it is not a unique harness racing issue but one has to wonder with racing trying to attract new horseplayers, what chance does it have to attract knowledgeable gamblers when they find out they are playing against gamblers who get rebates while they get none.