PrivateSmiles wrote:Non-horseracing folks of every age loved the movies Secretariat and Seabiscuit. No gambling associated with those films. So is it only about the betting with you? You don't care who wins, as long as you make some money?
That argument doesn't help horse racing. I enjoyed those movies as well. I have them in my blu ray collection, I also enjoyed Old Yeller as a kid. With all those people enjoying those 2 horse racing movies ( I actually really like another one with Dakota Fanning,Kurt Russell and Kris Kristofferson as well) did horse racing grow by 3 fold of new players to help it survive??? Hell NO!!
Did Zenyatta, did Rachel, did Ghostzapper grow the sport 2 fold of new players wanting to wager. Hell NO!!!
Just like the silly argument that a triple crown winner would turn the sport around. No , it wouldn't. For us horse racing "old school" aficionados care about that, not some millennial wanting to put his or her money down on a horse.
Again horse racing doesn't know what their sport is about. I am 38 and have been doing this 15 years full time. I remember when I first got in the game in college.People would tell me- we need people at your age to help horse racing survive. That was then- it's a way worse now.
Horse Racing has a huge jump on most of their competition. Online poker and wagering sports is illegal in most states. Horse racing however is not, and horse racing still is getting killed by these two. Why, because they don't market the wagering aspect of it- or don't get competitive in terms of new wagers take to lure new players in. No, to them it's all about the owners and breeding. Well, I am here to say if they continue with that logic of thinking- horse racing 25 years from now won't be recognizable at all in the states.
You know why I make more money on horse racing then I do in sports and poker and why I love it more than those two from a wagering standpoint? Time! I make more money in a 6 furlong race that takes 1 minute and 10 seconds than I do playing hours of poker (being patient) and watching 3 -4 games in sports that take 2-3 hours each.
Horse racing can't even sell this aspect of their own game which would has an awesome advantage over sports and poker and also being legal in most states.
Did you see how much attention the power ball got and how many people are buying lottery tickets. You know why? People love the idea of something costing a dollar to win millions. They don't care what the odds are and that they don't have snowball chance of winning- they still line and buy.Here is something that you really cant even watch and it's kicking horse racing you know what.
Create a horse racing lottery same cost per ticket and same odds. Every Thursday and Saturday( twice a week) a full 12 horse filed from NY, CA or major track. Maybe you have to pick the top 4 horses in order and how many lengths each are ahead of the other.Maybe pick the full order of finish of all 12 or 14 runners. I am sure a mathematician can generate a wager with the same odds compared to the lottery. Do you imagine how many people would tune in and watch a race with a 300 million horse racing lottery jackpot. Horse racing would take a cut just like the states do for the lottery and it would save the industry. The horse racing lottery would cater to that type of crowd. Then horse racing needs to cater to the more sophisticated bettor, the one that know takeout need to be lowered, the ones to where they see by reading a form and betting against the next guy next to them gives them an advantage in this betting arena over sports and all the casino game.