O’Meara: New Year’s resolutions for racetracks
Horse Race Insider’s Brendan O’Meara details his hopes for the sport of racing, and for the horseplayer in a recent column. In addition to curiosity over the ramifications of the inaugural Road to the Kentucky Derby system, O’Meara writes that horseplayers are interested in seeing some changes from racetracks in 2013. Among his suggestions is a list of reader’s ideas for tracks’ resolutions on behalf of their handicappers.
Included in the ten-item list, O’Meara writes:
“1-Free parking. I paid the gas and tolls to get there.
2- Free admission. Casinos don’t charge admission.
3- Free program or DRF. You can put advertising in them to get publishing costs back.
4- Free hot dog and a beer. At least I’ll eat and be happy going home after a losing day.
5- Give me a rebate on every dollar I bet.
6- Lower takeout to a reasonable 10%. It will give me a better chance to turn a profit and make me happy. Besides I can stay in the game longer(maybe stay for the entire card) and you will get it back from my increased handle anyway.”