$8 Million: Belmont Stakes Card to Be Second Richest Day of Racing

by | 02.07.2014 | 12:04pm
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The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that its 2014 Belmont Stakes card on Saturday, June 7 will offer total purses of $8 million and feature 10 stakes races. In 2013, only one card, Breeders' Cup Saturday at Santa Anita Park, had purses totaling more than $8 million.

The 13-race Belmont Stakes Day card serves as the centerpiece of a new three-day “Belmont Stakes Festival” that will offer a wide array of special hospitality and entertainment options.  The 10 Saturday stakes will be worth an aggregate $7.7 million. In 2013, Belmont Stakes Day included six stakes events worth $2.95 million.

“We've put together the finest day of racing in Belmont Stakes history,” said New York Racing Association CEO and President Chris Kay. “We want every serious and casual fan in the area to come out on June 7 and experience the excitement and fun of one of New York's truly signature sporting events.”

Five traditional Belmont Stakes Day contests – the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes; the Grade 1, $1 million Manhattan; the Grade 1, $750,000 Longines Just a Game; the Grade 2, $500,000 Woody Stephens; and the $150,000 Easy Goer will be back as part of the 2014 event.

Five stakes that were not contested on Belmont Stakes Day in 2013 will also be part of the 2014 card. Topping the list is the Grade 1, $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap. Known as “The Met Mile,” the race for 3-year-olds and older at one mile on the main track is annually considered one of the most prestigious races run in North America.

Also new to the Belmont Stakes Day lineup are the Grade 1, $1 million Ogden Phipps; the Grade 1, $750,000 Acorn; the Grade 2, $500,000 Brooklyn Invitational; and the Grade 3, $300,000 Jaipur Invitational. This year's renewal of the Brooklyn will include the “Brooklyn Bonus” whereby any horse who has previously won a graded stakes at 1 3/16 miles or longer will receive a bonus of $175,000 if he or she captures the Brooklyn.

The Metropolitan Handicap and the Ogden Phipps will also serve in 2014 as Breeders' Cup Challenge “Win and You're In” races offering the winners fees-paid starting berths to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and Breeders' Cup Distaff, respectively.

“This is the premier day of racing at Belmont Park, anchored by the historic Belmont Stakes,” said Martin Panza, NYRA's Senior Vice President of Racing Operations. “I see June 7 as a summer time Breeders' Cup-type event. Fans and New York horsemen deserve a day like this.”

Also scheduled as part of the 13-race Belmont Stakes Day card are three overnight allowance events – two on dirt, one on turf – offering a total of $300,000 in purses.

Highlighting Friday's card on June 6 are the Grade 2 True North and a new race, the $200,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational to be run at 2 miles on the turf. On Sunday, Belmont will host another new contest, the $100,000 Intercontinental to be run at 7 furlongs on turf.

The Brooklyn, the Jaipur and the Belmont Gold Cup will all be invitational races with no nomination, entry or starting fees.

The True North, Manhattan, Ogden Phipps, and Brooklyn will have allowance weights in 2014 after having handicap weights in 2013.

Longines entered into a long-term partnership with The New York Racing Association as the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of Belmont Park and The Belmont Stakes, and 2014 marks the third year Longines has been the entitlement sponsor of the G1 Just A Game on Belmont Stakes Day.

Do you approve/disapprove of the New York Racing Association decision to move the Met Mile, Ogden Phipps and three other stakes to Belmont Stakes day, making that program worth $8 million in purses?

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Richest days in North American racing

Race day                                                                              Total purses

1. Breeders' Cup Championships Saturday                      $19.8 million*

2. Belmont Stakes Day 2014                                           $8 million

3. Breeders' Cup Championships Friday                          $6.34 million*

4. Kentucky Derby Day                                                         $3.944 million*

5. Travers Stakes Day at Saratoga Race Course            $3.091 million*

*  — cumulative purse values in 2013

Races remaining on Belmont Stakes (June 7) card
Race name Conditions Distance 2014 purse 2013 purse
G1 Belmont Stakes 3yos 1 1/2m

$1,500,000

$1,000,000

G1 Manhattan 4yos & up 1 1/4m T

$1,000,000

$500,000

G1 Longines Just a Game F&M 4yos & up 1m T

$750,000

$500,000

G2 Woody Stephens 3yos 7f

$500,000

$400,000

Easy Goer 3yos 1 1/16m

$150,000

$150,000

Races added to Belmont Stakes card
Race name Conditions Distance 2014 purse 2013 purse 2013 date
G1 Metropolitan Hcp 3yos & up 1m

$1,250,000

$750,000

27-May

G1 Ogden Phipps F&M 4yos & up 1 1/16m

$1,000,000

$400,000

27-May

G1 Acorn 3yo fillies 1m

$750,000

$300,000

27-May

G2 Brooklyn Inv 4yos & up 1 1/2m

$500,000

$200,000

7-Jun

G3 Jaipur Inv 4yos & up 7f T

$300,000

$150,000

7-Jun

Races to be contested June 6
Race name Conditions Distance 2014 purse 2013 purse 2013 date
G2 True North 4yos & up 6f

$250,000

$400,000

8-Jun

Belmont Gold Cup 4yos & up 2m T

$200,000

New race

Race to be contested June 8
Race name Conditions Distance 2014 purse 2013 purse 2013 date
Intercontinental F&M 4yos & up 7f T

$100,000

New race

 

  • Rob Yetman

    This is a great move. The Met Mile is a historic race that deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. This is a very smart move. More tracks should package their races on big days like this, it gives the game a more compact, compelling narrative going towards the Breeders’ Cup.

    • Glimmerglass

      Right on, especially with the dismal crowds for the Met Mile. For seemingly too long the draw for Belmont has been to pray a horse takes the Derby, Preakness and is Elmont bound. No TC on the line? The interest is a bust. By this this action they’ve rid themselves of the big day being dependent on ‘wait and see’. They created their own noise and makes the day a blockbuster.

      Just look at Arlington Park with their Million (G1), Beverly D (G1), Secretariat (G1), American St. Leger Stakes, and the Hatoof Stakes on one big day. Spreading those races over the summer would be a huge mistake.

  • Tinky

    “Five stakes that were not contested on Belmont Stakes Day in 2013 will also be part of the 2014 card.”

    This is, in my view, a ridiculous move. There are two basic components of a Belmont day crowd, seasoned horseplayers, and neophytes who are drawn to the “big event”. On what possible basis does Mr. Kay (or anyone) imagine that significant additional fans from EITHER category will be drawn to Belmont Park because of the added stakes races? Or that handle will increase significantly, given the context of a predictable loss to the Memorial Day handle.

    Seasoned fans have been perfectly happy with the Belmont cards, and for obvious reasons, while neophytes couldn’t give a toss what races are on the undercard.

    To be clear, I am greatly in favor of generally consolidating the best racing on the weekends, and understand the value of highlighting big days. But there is such a thing as diminishing returns, and given how this will gut the Memorial day card, coupled with how unlikely it is to significantly increase interest in an already high-profile card, NYRA is likely to experience just that.

    Finally, do these people even consider the intrinsic risks of such an ‘eggs in one basket’ approach? What if the weather happens to be terrible on Belmont day?

    • Rob Yetman

      Have you been to the Met Mile recently, Belmont on Memorial Day is a wasteland. Expose the best horses to the biggest audience. Weather is always an issue but in the long run, you’ll have more good days then bad days.

      • Tinky

        Yes, I have, and my view is that the problem is primarily one of marketing. The Met is not likely to regain prominence by becoming an undercard race on Belmont day. Either the mile division on dirt will stand on its own in the U.S. or it won’t.

        • kyle

          If anything it further diminishes it. The Met Mile is my favorite race and Memorial Day weekend always something I looked forward to. That’s destroyed now. For what?

          • Tinky

            Agreed. Might as well shorten it to seven furlongs to increase the field size while they’re at it.

          • kyle

            As far as I know that’s not something they are considering. I did here they thought of running The Carter as the day’s first race. In the end they decided the day wasn’t quite long enough for it to still serve as a Met prep.

      • David Juffet

        The handle that day is strong, now it won’t be. Other then “big days” Belmont is a wasteland anyway.

      • iliveforsaturday

        I get your point, but at least last year, Belmont was packed for Memorial Day. It’s most certainly not your typical Thursday afternoon card.. in handle, or attendance. I’m sure that was the food truck festival, in part (if not majority).

        As a racing fan, I enjoy all live racing. I really enjoy good live racing. I’ve almost no idea why I would now go to any weekend of Belmont’s spring meet.. except the Belmont. Take this, couple it with the increase in prices (ok, I hear you, it’s only $2).. and I’m not sure why I would go at all. Shouldn’t the point be to encourage more people attending live racing, betting at the tracks, and not through AWDs? I haven’t missed a Met Mile in over a decade, but I’m not attending for a G2 turf filly race. Hit the snooze. Xpressbet will be getting my money that weekend. If they do at all. I don’t want to be allowances races all the time.. occasionally I like mixing it up for a stakes p3.

        Maybe there’s some unknown TV package in the works for this, and maybe they anticipate so much additional handle on their marquee day it helps them financially in the long run. Who knows. I’m not in the right tax bracket for such ponderings. As a frequent Belmont patron, I’m disheartened. But truly, I hope it works for the sport in the long run. That’s what it’s all about.

        • Hoops and Horses

          The real problem is likely Pimlico is about to severely beef up Preakness weekend and NYRA knows they would have lost horses who would otherwise have raced on Memorial Day to that. This keeps those stakes important if that is indeed the case.

      • Maybe we should have a 158-race card on one day, Belmont Stakes Day, and shut the place down before and after that one big day.

        Get it over with.

        The current trend now is that on days when the track is shut down for maintenance, the attendance is actually higher.

        • kyle

          Don, don’t be ridiculous There’s no way they can run more than 20- 25 races in one day…untl they get lights or run them all at 5 furlongs with no betting.

          • One-Furlong potato sack races (staggered start times; going off every 15 seconds) with the horses riding the jockeys & minimum bets $5,000.

            Dime show betting, the brainchild of the new NYRA CEO, will make its debut.

            Christie Brinkley mucks out the stalls for charity, Anna Wintour becomes an owner (her entries wear sunglasses) and ObamaCare takes over the bankrupt equine med center across the street (horse fatalities soar)..

    • RayPaulick

      (Ad hominem attack alert.) Tinky, are you still bitter the CEO search committee passed you up?

      NYRA has never capitalized on Belmont Day the way CDI and MJC do with the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. I would like to see them tbe able to do so with admissions and seating price increases commensurate with a big day like this (and I have no idea if this is part of their plan).

      Having said that, I’m sure you’re right. You always are.

      • Tinky

        To answer your first question, I’m not bitter at all, but I am increasingly disappointed that someone with no knowledge of racing was chosen.

        As to your second point, Pimlico’s 2013 Preakness undercard featured two ungraded stakes, three Grade III, and one Grade II race. Belmont’s clearly superior undercard featured two Grade I, one Grade II, and an ungraded stakes race.

        Churchill on the 2013 Derby day had two Grade I, two Grade II, and one Grade III race; better than the Belmont undercard, but not by a wide margin.

        In that context, I can see that it would be reasonable to upgrade the card to some extent. What I can’t see is the necessity (or wisdom) of doing so to the degree that they have, especially given that a long-standing fixture (i.e. Met Mile on Memorial Day weekend) has been uprooted.

        Oh, and thanks for the heads-up on the AH attack.

        • To both of the above respected correspondents — remember what was once said to Henry Luce:
          “Careful now… don’t drop the campus.”

        • Hoops and Horses

          Tinky:

          As noted above, Pimlico with new revenues is likely to severely jack up the Preakness card for 2014. NYRA likely knows this and made the moves they did because of that.

          • Tinky

            I appreciate that you’ve given the situation some real thought, but even if a case could be made to move some races from Memorial Day, I remain unconvinced that stuffing the Belmont Day card is the right option.

          • Hoops and Horses

            The problem is Tinky, if The Pimlico Special goes to $1 Million and is on the same card as The Preakness and the Met Mile is on Memorial Day, I suspect most owners would opt for the Pimlico Special so they have seats for the Preakness. Same with the Black-Eyed Susan (if that goes to $1 Million over the Acorn and the Allaire DuPont Distaff (if that goes to $500,000 or more) over the Odgen Phipps. That’s why NYRA moved those races to Belmont Stakes day.

          • Tinky

            I don’t agree with you at all. The Special is a Grade III race run at a mile and 3/16. That’s a totally different division.

          • Hoops and Horses

            Tinky:

            For now, the Special is a Grade III because it in reality took the status from the William Donald Schaffer Stakes, which it actually was renamed from. The race that was the Pimlico Special (which WAS a Grade I) actually lost its Graded status after it was not run for two years when Pimlico didn’t have the funds to run that for more than $250,000, at the time the minimum to keep it Grade I. As the older runnings as the Schaffer come off, the Special likely will be upgraded to Grade II and if it is run for $1 Million likely will get the horses to quickly get it to Grade I status.

            And if the Special is run for $1 Million (which I think is why NYRA moved the Met Mile in anticipation of), with the Met Mile at $1.25 Million three weeks later I think you will see the connections of horses run in both. There are not too many seven-figure races as it is, and I suspect trainers would come back a little quicker if you had both the Special and Met Mile in a 21-day period.

          • Tinky

            Three weeks? Shortening from 9 1/2f. to a mile? Not likely at all.

          • Hoops and Horses

            With that kind of money on the line? I think they would do it old school like they used to.

        • Careful, Ray. The one mistake will be his invitation to dinner!
          (Snort!)

        • “To answer your first question, I’m not bitter at all, but I am increasingly disappointed that someone with no knowledge of racing was chosen.’

          Hit the nail right on the head with that one.

          Thank God we don’t have to give those guys $9 billion to build a road to the Olympics.

          Say, wasn’t that about the amount spent by the Mad Racing Hatter on his new Gulfstream racetrack, the one with 558 seats?

      • I’m not convinced this will work Ray. When the TC is on the line, attendance is big, regardless of the under card. NYRA needs to focus on gaining more fans year round, not just one day…

        • Hoops and Horses

          John, there seem to be an underlying factor at play on this one:

          Pimlico is likely to severely beef up their Preakness week stakes, including possibly jacking the Pimlico Special back to $1 Million for the first time in a lot of years and also possibly making the Black-Eyed Susan a $1 Million race for the first time. The infusion of new revenue there allows for that and would severely dilute Memorial Day at Belmont Park if NYRA kept those stakes on that day. There is a better chance of many of the horses racing on Preakness week returning for Belmont week if all the stakes are on that day, especially from owners who would especially run if the TC is on the line to assure their getting good seats.

          I suspect NYRA knows they could not keep the Met Mile and other races on Memorial Day because they would lose horses to Pimlico and a severely beefed-up Preakness day program in particular.

          What I would have done differently was move the Acorn to early March (as the first Grade 1 Race of the year in New York and first ever on the inner track) and Mother Goose to the Wood Memorial Day program in April as part of a major overhaul of the three year old filly stakes events to make the Acorn and Mother Goose the primary New York preps for the Kentucky Oaks. I also would have moved the CCA Oaks back to Belmont, either on Belmont Stakes Week or two weeks later, in either case as a $1.5 million race at 1 1/2 Miles to return the CCA Oaks to its former status as the only Classic race in America for fillies. I would NOT have replaced the CCA Oaks at Saratoga, basically letting Delaware Park move the Delaware Oaks to that slot on the schedule and let that race be the two-turn Alabama prep while flipping the Test and Prioress and move the Test back to the opening Saturday at Saratoga (as it was when Saratoga first expanded from 24 days in 1991) and let the Test go back to being the main Saratoga prep for the Alabama like it used to be. I would have also left the Shuvee for older females where it is at Saratoga and made it clear to Horsemen if they wanted a two-turn Saratoga prep for the Alabama, they would have to face older females in the Shuvee (the Gazelle I would move back to old spot as the opening day feature of the fall meet at Belmont). That to me is how this should have been done.

          • Interesting thought about competition from Pimilico. Perhaps, if the Special goes to $1 million, but if the Met Mile was also a million, and with it’s G1 Status, NYRA may still get the marquee horse.

          • Hoops and Horses

            Problem is, owners who want seats for Preakness Day would opt to go in the Special if it were on the Preakness undercard and bypass the Met Mile if it remained on Memorial Day should the Special go to $1 Million. Panza is not stupid, remember, he dealt with Stronach out west so he probably knows Stronach would probably jack the Special to $1 Million and other stakes severely in order to pump the Preakness undercard up and in the process make it impossible for NYRA to continue to have the Met Mile on its traditional Memorial Day date because owners would opt for the Special.

        • Knowitall

          So a HUGE day of racing – an event – when many eyes will be on the sport, is not a good time to introduce major league racing and top horses running for big money wall to wall? And possibly get the fans interested in seeing more racing on other days, show them that it is not JUST about the Triple Crown? Failing to see your logic. It IS broke, and it does need fixin’ Kudos to NYRA for once.

          • Even as it was the last few years, Belmont Stakes day drew a big following. Recall the excitement over Smarty Jones? To a seasoned horse player, the prospect of a multi-stakes card is enticing I agree. But NYRA needs to attract new fans for multiple days. The new or casual fan has not had enough exposure to appreciate the meaning of a Grade 1 (I think). NYRA would be better off by building simulcast facilities in Manhattan that get people interested during the week, and provide them reduced or free train fare to the Belmont on the weekend.

    • David Juffet

      The Met Mile should stand alone. All eggs in one basket says it all and there golden eggs! Don’t like this move at all. Who needs a 2 mile turf race? What a mess. Purses too high,takeout on exotics 24% give it some thought. Something very wrong here.

    • PTP

      Good post Tinkster. Should be required reading by marketers.

      PTP

    • I agree with Tinky. I have no idea the effort to focus so many races onto one card, and diminish the rest of the meet. If the weather comes up bad, they have a lot of problems. Yes, attendance can be low Memorial Day weekend, but I’m not sure a person who was “on the fence” about going Belmont day, will suddenly change their mind and go.

    • Figless

      The Met Mile moving back one week for greater exposure makes perfect sense. I go every year and 50% of the usual 15k crowd departed the premises BEFORE the Met Mile last year due to the late post time. I suspect it doesn’t effect attendance more than 10%.
      I am a “seasoned fan” and have long felt the Acorn and Brooklyn should be run on Belmont Day. Friday was never going to become a big day like Oaks day, the fillies deserve to share the stage and its really cool to have TWO 12f races on the same day.
      I predict a 25% jump in attendance on non-Triple Crown Belmont Days due to the increased media attention, and a larger presence on national TV as well.

      • Figless

        One more thing, apparently they will open on the Sunday following the Belmont, never made sense to close the plant on a day when there are many racing fans in town. Kudos to Kay, again.

  • Jay

    Then make a second big day in July. It’s about Handle. There is only so much money that can be obtained from people in one pay period. If they keep Belmont Day to about 5-6 stakes races and then have another big card 5 weeks later it will be a boon to the handle. The Breeders Cup total handle since moving to two days has not shown significant increases from the single day event. If a person has a 100 bucks. …they spend a hundred bucks whether it is over 5 or 10 races.

    • Charlie Davis

      Unfortunately, it’s not about handle. They have slots. I think this move will be a failure in terms of handle and attendance, but hey, 8 million in purses!

      • Jay

        There whole budget this year is predicated on them being profitable without the slot money.

    • Hoops and Horses

      This is about preserving the stakes themselves. You have to remember this is not just about NYRA, but also stakes elsewhere and how they are affected by this.

      NYRA likely knows that with new revenue, Pimlico is in a position to severely jack up their purses for Preakness week stakes events, as for them, the Preakness is everything (and they I believe last year had their largest crowd ever for Black-Eyed Susan day, or at the very least a severe jump from past years). Those increases likely takes away horses from the Met Mile, Acorn and Odgen Phipps if those races remained on Memorial Day and that is likely why those races were moved, especially in the case of the Black-Eyed Susan and Pimlico Special possibly both seeing increases in my opinion to $1 Million and the Allaire DuPont Distaff to possibly $500,000+. For Maryland racing, the Preakness is everything, so what NYRA did probably is etched in the reality that the Met Mile, Acorn and Odgen Phipps would all wind up being 4-5 horse unbettable affairs that turn off big bettors if they remained on Memorial Day if Pimlico does indeed jack the purses and makes for a better chance of those horses returning three weeks later for Belmont Stakes week.

  • JC

    Belmont day is going to be insane! Love it.

  • Ida Lee

    Enter your Superstars, up-and-coming future Superstars, big purses and what do you get? great horse racing and people tripping all over each other getting to the betting booth. I was raised in NYC and New Yorkers will bet on cockroach races so they will just love the new and improved Belmont Stakes Day.

  • “$8 Million: Belmont Stakes Card to Be Second Richest Dayof Racing”

    For whom?

  • Patriots Dream

    While this should send the morons at the Breeders Cup a very significant message, I am vehemently against placing the Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont Day. what would Woodford Cefis Stephens say? One of the greatest trainer accomplishments in the past half-century was Conquistador Cielo’s back-to-back, i.e., 5 days apart, victories in the Met and Belmont. Three year olds have always fared well in the Met Mile. There is absolutely no rational reason to put these two signature Belmont races on the same day.

    • Hoops and Horses

      As much as I agree with you, do you REALLY think we’ll ever see that done again? The way horses are trained today are much different and Woody and Elliot Burch (who used the Met Mile three times as a successful Belmont Prep) would be spinning in their graves if they knew how much it has.

  • M. A. Thrope

    Why does this feel like stakes saturation? I suppose the rest of the Saturdays will feature the 20K claimers who made it through the winter at Aqueduct.

    • Knowitall

      It is a test run for a BCish event.. and a warning shot to left coast centric BC?

    • If the name is spelt out, does it read, “MisAnThrope?” Just curious.

  • justthinkintomyself

    Let us know about tickets. I would love to be there if they don’t price them out of the park. Literally.

  • Hoops and Horses

    This sounds like NYRA is doing this to try and entice people to be there that last year may very well have sat out due to the backpack ban that was in place. That ban, while necessary on the heels of what had happened in Boston less than two months earlier likely cost NYRA anywhere from AT LEAST 12-15,000 based on everything I read, saw (including posts on NYRA’s own Facebook page by people who SPECIFICALLY said they didn’t go because of THAT ban) and heard. This does put a damper on Memorial day, which had been the biggest day of the meet, however, I also suspect the Pimlico Special likely also may have played into this as well.

    Personally, I would have cut the Met Mile to $600,000 and jacked the Brooklyn to $1.5 million to send a message to the Breeders while making the “Brooklyn Bonus” $1.5 million.

    It’s also quite possible NBC wanted the Met Mile to be a supporting race on Belmont Stakes day.

    • David Juffet

      The Brooklyn isn’t a grade 1 how can you offer that purse to a field of plodders?

      • Hoops and Horses

        The idea is to get the Brooklyn back to Grade 1 status like it USED to have.

  • John McEvoy

    So Many Expert Opinions on scheduling, marketing, race emphasis, the state of the sport, every thing but the state of the Union!! I must resume sifting and winnowing.

  • Robb

    This is an idea that’s almost too good to be believed. They should have done this years ago. I’m really looking forward to this.

  • Spend the money now, before the new mayor figures out how to confiscate it.

  • Figless

    As someone who attends both the Met Mile and Belmont Cards every year I am excited about the new concept while somewhat melancholy about losing the Met Mile tradition.
    I suspect the Memorial Day attendance will not decrease dramatically if at all. In fact, many of those backyard FANS had departed the track BEFORE the Met Mile had even been run last year due to its late post time.
    And the Belmont crowd for a non-Triple Crown year will get a big boost due to increased media coverage, as will the ticket prices unfortunately. But I don’t mind paying for quality.
    I was skeptical of a non-horseman taking over NYRA but sometimes a new set of eyes is necessary. Racing is married to tradition at the cost of business, Kay is making a lot of common sense decision that I applaud. “Big” race days is the way to go, even the four stake card at the Big A a few weeks back got my attention.
    I love the fact he is fighting for simulcast revenue, enjoy Trakus, and like the newer fairer overnight condition book a LOT. No more ridiculous conditions that read like a novel to appease a few connected horsemen.
    This industry is constantly criticized for failing to try new things, yet every time someone does they jump down their throat (think Derby point system, NTRA advertising campaign.
    Apparently some just like to criticize, especially anything NYRA.
    So to Kay I say, “Go Baby Go!”.
    Continue to shake thinks up, but at some point I hope you look in house and trim the fat while investing in New technology, in particular in the rest rooms, on HD TV and most importantly a new PA system. Because today’s sports fans expect quality for their investment, not just on the track but in the building.

  • Genellen

    I’m noticing new races here for 4yos and up. Isn’t this what we’ve wanted — a reason to keep a good 3yo in training beyond the TC year? Give it a chance…

    • kyle

      Somebody is going to put off a stud career to go 2 miles on the turf for 200k?

      • David Juffet

        Horses running 2mi on turf have limited stud value

  • kyle

    You know…if they ran The Travers on the undercard…

    • David Juffet

      Lol

  • we’re watching

    Taking huge amounts of casino money and dumping into one day of racing is the wrong approach. The reaces should scale up but not to asro levels. And spread it into other big days of racing. Everybody in the pool one day, no one but crickets the other days.

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