The Second Standardbred Wagering Conference has been announced. It is to be held in Windsor, across the river from Detroit. Too bad it was not held in football season as I am pretty sure delegates could show up a day early and get Lions tickets for a donation of a canned ham. C'est la vie, no Lions games this April.
There are some interesting topics this year which are sure to be full tilt.
No Holds Barred:
Bettors take on racetrack execs, tell it like it is for customers of harness racing and offer suggestions for the future of racing.
If some people I know at the track are invited there is a good chance there will be profanity. Horseplayers yell at TV screens. What in the heck are they gonna yell to a real live person? :)
Exploring the industry’s systemic issues that prevent true progress in harness racing and exploring a new funding model that would benefit racetracks and horse people. Can we resolve the dysfunctional issues and move forward?
With all the acronyms in racing I think they'd need more than an hour just to introduce themselves. Should be interesting.
Outpacing the Runners
How harness racing can regain former customers that have turned to thoroughbred racing.
This one will be pretty cool I think.
So, some nice topics, which should yield some chatter. One good thing about the above program is that last years panels have been actually working on change. This year represents year two where updates on the proposed changes will occur. Let's hope they are changes for the better.