Mike Hamilton, Woodbine's on-air handicapper and other assorted things, has a Christmas list at the Woodbine blog... er column site. He pulls no punches. It is a good piece as he touches on myriad issues in the game.
A few here.
On "one racing customer": Acknowledgment within the industry that not all racetracks are in the same business.... [there are] two very different segments of society and a one-size-fits-all national marketing initiative just won’t work.
On a new way to deliver products: If the pari-mutuel model isn’t broken, it’s certainly on its last legs.
On data: Data from a number of different sources should be available through one co-operatively run web site.
On takeout: Reduced take-out for at least one pool per card.
On rules: Uniform racing rules and penalties at all North American tracks. It doesn’t matter which hockey, baseball or basketball game you’re watching, the rules, penalties and quality of the officiating is the same.
Nice piece by Mike that is worth reading for all of the Santa wish list.
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