here. Then I checked harness takeouts here, with this handy map.
Who was the winner in having the lowest WPS take - thoroughbred or standardbred - of the 140 or so tracks in North America?
How about Saratoga?
Nope, Tioga Downs.
Yep, little Tioga Downs.
As most know Tioga lowered their take this year and their WPS take of 15% is better than anywhere else on the continent. If you check that map listed above you will see just how punishing harness racing takeouts are compared to the runners, so a harness track having the lowest take in NA of both breeds is simply astounding.
I do not expect Tioga's handles to set the world on fire. Behaviorally a takeout reduction does not bring in money in big amounts, churn from lower takeout does. And as tracks who have lowered their takeout like Tampa Bay Downs did each year since 2003 have learned, it takes time. But I do know one thing - I will be playing Tioga this season.
Their meet begins May 1st.