The Burlington Stakes Divisions were drawn today. As usual, they are good tilts and could set the stage for the Cup elims next week. Of particular note to me is that Art Colony is NOT being driven by Randy Waples. Why, I have no idea. Was he lifted? Is it because he will not be driving at the Meadowlands? All I know is that Randy is one of the best drivers in North America who never seems to get stakes drives. It is truly bizarre.
I am back (for awhile) from a whirlwind 72 hours at the annual Search Engine conference in Toronto. I pretty much jammed 365 days of learning into those hours, not to mention some socializing with like-minded folks, which is always welcomed. Following racing in the way that I do, and then having to shift gears to my real job is quite the juxtaposition. On the one hand speaking of changing the status-quo in racing (like we speak of here on the blog many times), is met with a blank stare from most in our business, while in my real job the status-quo is yesterday's news, and not even considered an option. I could not be involved in two more diametrically different businesses.
I did learn a great deal this week. New sessions on what's next for Twitter, and social media, filled with real life examples was quite good. I think there is an opportunity for racing with many of these platforms, but we have to be smart about it. For 100 years we have had the "if you build it, people will come" mindset. Being a monopoly for so long breeds that I guess. However it can not be done in the new world. What some companies are doing each day to get customers blows ones mind. Speaking with many sharp entrepreneurs, one gets to realize just how hard they are working, and just how hard they try. We have a great deal of work to do, and despite some movement by NYRA and the NTRA (in harness most of this is not even on the radar yet), I have a feeling we are going to stay very far behind many other sports and businesses. We are simply not close to doing enough.