Harness Herb is back. And he has his Tuesday questions.
How can a data provider like Equibase make oodles of cash the last ten years by charging race fans huge fees for past performance data they use to bet, while the industry suffers from handle losses?
How can Charlottetown Driving Park attract 20,000 people on Saturday drawing from a population of less than 150,000 (with less than $100,000 in purses on a race card), yet the Meadowlands with many millions to draw from, as well as $3M in purses, can only get half that for Breeders Crown night?
Why is the Confederation Cup thinking of going to Ontario sired horses only, when we already have a half a gazillion OSS finals that few people watch, or care about, each week?
Why is no one speaking of Muscle Hill dodging a half mile track race (the Yonkers Trot)?
Who voted for Lucky Jim over Muscle Hill in the Breeders Crown poll?
Why do Australian jockeys get fined their purse fee, their riding fee and given over a week off for hitting a horse four times, yet in harness racing that same fine would be lucky to be $100?
How can the multi-billion dollar Wynn's Casino in Las Vegas give a room comp for $4000 bet, yet you'd be lucky to get a free coffee for the same amount at many racetracks in North America?
How can harness racing B tracks expect to survive when if you bet $20 to win, you can knock a horse down from 50-1 to the chalk?
How can a driver like Randy Waples, who will retire with over $100M in purse earnings and win many big races, have that career with nary the use of a whip, but any driver under the age of 30 seems to want to use it like he is Mel Gibson in Braveheart?
Why is Stan Bergstein seemingly the only insider to comment on the implosion of the Ontario Harness Horse Association?
How can Luc Ouellette, one of the winningest and most professional drivers in North America, get so few live drives at WEG?
How is it that only two years ago Mark MacDonald was considered the horse whisperer who could magically make horses go faster, but now he is considered by many bettors to be ordinary?
Is Jody Jamieson now the new horse whisperer, only to be replaced by another who scoops live drives in two years?
Is the above why I don't bet drivers?
How do slots companies always ask for a tax break and generally get them, but horseplayers can never get one?
How can a horse go from 3-1 at 0 minutes to post, to 8-5 at the finish line, with no one in our industry wanting to fix it? Would those same people consider it a positive customer experience if they picked up a pound of ham for $1 in the meat section of a grocery store, to be charged $4 at the cash?
Until next week, Harness Herb............ out.