Horse Racing’s Gimmick to Get New Fans

July 7, 2012

I’ve been in love with horse racing for upwards of thirty years and I find it so difficult to see attendance and interest in horse racing wane dramatically.

I recall going to Yonkers raceway to bet the trotters and bumping into sports stars such as Lou Piniella, Don Zimmer and celebrities like the late Cab Calloway. Parking was a hassle, the parking lot was crowded every racing day.

We named one of the car “guides” Johnny Campo (he was obviously a dead ringer). You’d slip Johnny $2 to help you actually park near the “hill” so that you can walk around the side track entrance.

With over half the grandstands torn down, Yonkers raceway is really a shell of its former self. Subsisting on revenues produced by slot machines, when you couldn’t get a good checker game going on in the stands with the few people watching the trotters.

This is correct for most Thoroughbred tracks. Once full of screaming fans, and degenerate losers eager for some winning horse racing picks, the tracks have become a tragic site. Check out the emptiness at Los Alamitos the next time you catch TVG late into the evening.

I don’t believe there is really A good reason for that decline. There are many factors. And you should notjust blame the sport or even the corporate entities. The fans have grown to be dumbed down with NFL, MLB and NHL parity. There are few young fans who’ve taken the time to study the historical past associated with a sport they follow. All they do know so-and-so wears a certain logo and has a hot wife and can shoot the J.

In summary, the alterations made are tantamount to using a normal season, the playoffs, the championships and even a wild card round. No longer do people have to know the historical past of the Santa Anita Derby, the Strub and the like.

They’re able to simply go to a niche site that tracks the horses like a team inside a division, by using a NASCAR point system. The very best 4 finishers are certain to get points. The deeper they get into the “playoffs” the better the point values. Really quite simple huh?

That’s not why I really like the modern system. I’m already a hardcore-core consumer of the sport, you don’t need to sell me.

A Few Things I find exciting is the fact that 2-year-old races won’t count as much as previously. This will likely benefit late bloomers. Besides it’s been a while since a 2-years old Champion has won the Derby.

Also sprint races are tossed. Points only accrue for races a Mile and over. Also fillies must run against the boys to quaify for points. Forget about sneaking in just as one unknown.

What advantage does this provide the bettor? Loads. You will know by watching races how horses fair against a wider breadth of competition. Plus, you get the advantages of seeing how he is doing within the longer races. This will help you make a more informed horse racing pick in the Kentucky Derby.

By way of example, Uncle Mo. I knew that horse was obviously a miler at the best by watching his energy at the conclusion of the races. He Needed the early lead and was not proficient at rating. True to form he floppedin the Breeder’s Cup Classic.

So I say “in with the new!” but please don’t throw the old in the trash bin of history. The Sport of Kings has a very long and very illustrious past. While I don’t see that ever coming back, I can see interest increase and some fresh blood start to take over.

Remember, nothing is perfect out of the gate. Let us old-timer fans support the initiative and help it along as it evolves.  

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