King Hill Smurf 
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Re: “Legislators Consider Bill to Lower Limit of Horse-Racing Days

Going down to 15 days as a minimum would be a grave mistake by politicians who don't, generally, truly know the racing business over which they ultimately preside.

The minimum race dates limit must be set high enough to inspire any new operators to actually give something to the horsemen and to the community. As it stands, the business of a horse race track has no product of its own. Instead a track just p*mps the show put on by the horsemen, which is what draws what little crowd there would be.


Then, the track effectively 'takes' from both sides of the equation while giving nothing to anybody (save for a clean bathroom now and again, and overpriced concessions). This is akin to a local basketball arena which, lacking its own team, decides to bring only the "Washington Generals" around to put on a show while making the nearby public pay "Globetrotters" prices to see them play.

Indeed the sentiments about doing something to revive Les Bois racing now or risk never getting it back, make sense... but a "15 day" race meeting wouldn't offer enough incentive to local and once-local-but-now-elsewhere horsemen to bother coming back around to deliver a worthy show. Furthermore, if you implemented "15 day minimum" in 2011... you just couldn't boost the minimum number of race dates to 30 or 46 in the near future without major protest.

I suggest that the minimum be made at least "30 days", and I have a strong feeling that "46 days" for a minimum isn't 'wrong'.

Posted by King Hill Smurf on 03/16/2011 at 1:01 PM

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