- I handicapped Saturday's card at Aqueduct and came up with a fat nothing. I'd usually be concentrating on the other tracks this time of year, but I did so well locally last weekend, and with Just Zip It this week, that I invested all my time on the Big A, to no avail. So I'll have to just wing it, and there are those Fair Grounds races that I've already done.
I will be going to the track, if for no other reason to take all the money out of my wagering account. Horseplayers have not received a notice from NYRA like the horsemen and employees did. So we don't really have any idea what the status of our NYRA Rewards accounts will be if they shut down on Thursday. As of this writing, there's not a single acknowledgment of the situation on NYRA's website.
Jerry Bossert paints a very grim picture in the NY Daily News today, reporting that there are approximately 15 issues still [to] be resolved.
Some issues are very important, including NYRA being able to control its simulcasting signal, while others are trivial, such as the antiquated 1940s law of not being allowed to give out free passes to patrons.And where is the Daily News' proofreader today?? I thought we were past the issue of the simulcasting signal. Perhaps that's what Charles Hayward is referring to when he says that the contentious issues are other than what Bruno is saying in public.
Passes were going to be allowed, according to the sources, but not now as the provision [prohibiting] them allegedly was written back into the new bill.
What's going to happen when a casino ever actually opens at Aqueduct? Will the NYRA have to charge an admission to enter a casino? [NY Daily News]
Well, I'm not feeling it, and it doesn't look or sound good as of now. As I've said, if we ever get to the point where the three politicians can stand together in agreement and proclaim that it's NYRA that is in opposition, the association better have some very good reasons to shut down racing. And by "very good reasons," I mean reasons that they can justify to the public, no matter how legitimate they really may be. Because despite their efforts, all of the bashing over the years by clueless newspaper editorials, politicians, and the other franchise hopefuls have certainly had an effect. The package is routinely referred to as a "bailout" despite Hayward's protestations, and NYRA is still perceived as incompetent and corrupt. So I think that NYRA stands to get absolutely savaged in the court of public opinion if the track goes dark on Thursday, unless they can somehow make a case that resonates with the public and the press.
- Santa Anita resumes today.