THE BIG PICTURE: INTERNAL COMPETITION

Screen shot 2013-07-21 at 9.12.11 AMWhile well-organized professional sports with a central authority (NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR to name a few) must face outside competition for fans’ entertainment time and money, the consolidated league approach does prevent them from competing with each other.

No so for horse racing which has long ignored the damaging impact of head-on competition between races.  Yesterday was no different as two events for older mares occurred at Delaware ($750,000 Delaware Oaks Gr.1) and Saratoga ($200,000 Shuvee Handicap Gr.3) went head to head generating one field of five and one of six.

Horse players looking for large fields were treated to two good performances by the winners Royal Delta and Authenticity, but neither represented a top notch wagering opportunity…While owners and trainers may like big prizes and small fields, racetracks frequently miss the opportunity to build critical handle by not cooperatively scheduling these races.

To read more about Delaware Park’s big day from Frank Vespe at The Racing Biz, click here.

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