The entire card at Hollywood Park Friday consisted of 52 starters. The winners included a $3.40 horse, a $4 horse, a $3.80 horse and a $5 horse. Favorites won four of the eight races on the card.
There may be more than one way to solve this problem, but the most obvious is to reduce the number of racing dates. The norm in Southern California is now four days a week and NYRA cut back to four days a week during a part of the winter season at Aqueduct. Monmouth only races three days a week. But the cuts in racing schedules have to go way beyond what has happened so far. NYRA should run four days a week year-round, with the exception of Saratoga. But Saratoga doesn't need a six-day-a-week schedule like it has when five would work much better.
You cannot justify racing four days a week in Southern California when you have a Friday card at Hollywood that attracts just 52 horses.
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