Sal says that the UCP should change their name to the Alberta Disadvantage.
“Everything I do, I bet legally,” McIngvale told the Houston Chronicle. Driving to Louisiana for two hours is not that much of an inconvenience. … They’ve [leaders] got to look at it, because I’m concerned that the revenue estimates, as far as what’s going to come into the state, are overblown.
“My change of heart is that I know myself and I’ve seen the light as far as impulsiveness on me to sports gambling. Because I’ve got to drive to Louisiana, it limits those impulses by a factor of 1,000. So I’m not in favor of sports gambling in Texas.”
Sal says that he had to do a double take on the calendar to be sure it didn’t read April 1.
Sal says that Mattress Mack may be right about the revenue estimates being overblown, but he’s one of the few who bets legally and when he does the tax revenue goes to another state. While Mattress Mack is driving to Louisiana or flying to Vegas the rest of Texas is betting offshore on their computer, laptop or smartphone with nary a nickel of tax revenue heading to any US state or the Feds.
This year’s change in the points structure to reward horses running fifth in Road races is also a dead-end street. Why hand out points to horses who can’t even hit the board in a prep? That’s almost as bad as making the most prestigious Road races tantamount to win-and-you’re-in contests for the Derby, with their top-heavy payload of points allowing winners to gatecrash the established rankings at the last minute.
So here’s a new roadmap, to make the journey almost as compelling as the destination:
• A later start and fewer races, to inspire greater competition in the ones that remain
• No races run outside the US, and none run on synthetics
• Only the first three finishers in Road races to accrue qualifying points
• Less disparity between the 20 points on offer to the Holy Bull (say) winner and the 100 points granted to the Arkansas Derby (say) winner – if the Arkansas Derby (and the Florida Derby, Blue Grass etc) was worth 40, it would further encourage trainers and owners to run their horses with a little more frequency.
All roads lead to Churchill Downs in May – they used to lead to Rome, but the Capannelle ain’t what it used to be – but there’s only one Road that really matters. The destination takes care of itself, but the journey needs some assistance.
So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
Sal says that the media releases from Betmakers are filled with the same type of bullshit fluff that bamboozles the UCP Ministers when they read the Horse Racing Alberta Business Plans.
Sal says that fixed odds sound like a simple solution to the problem of the rebate whales late money destroying odds, but Avril knows it’s more Complicated. Sal says that a much better long term solution would be lowering the WPS takeout across the board and decreasing the rebates to the whales. You’re not going to attract sports bettors into racing when the racing takeout on WPS is double the vig on straight sports wagers. Sal says that the tracks need to take a lesson from the casinos and sportsbooks and hide their higher takeouts in multi race, multi horse and prop bets just like the sportsbooks hide the higher vig in props and parlays.
Sal says that if the sportsbooks can come up with over 2,000 prop bets for the Superbowl why are there none in horse racing. Start with something simple like – will the total of the first three horses numbers be over or under xx, will Prat or Pletcher win a race on today’s card, will Ortiz Jr. or Cox win more than 1 race on today’s card, etc.
Times have not become more violent. They have just become more televised.
Sal says that they forgot Number one with a bullet.
Sal says that thoroughbred racing has a long way to go to even make an appearance on one of those charts.
Sal says that with 2,000 props bets there’s no time left to watch the game.