I'm like a lot of you. I bet both the thoroughbreds and the standardbreds and they are two similar, yet very different games.
The thoroughbreds, with distance changes, breeding, surface changes and so much more, present a unique (and some might say unparalleled) gambling puzzle. Harness racing, with its 'sameness' (standard can mean a one mile standard) is also unique in a completely different way.
Why don't more thoroughbred players look at harness racing? That was a question posed this past weekend to some serious betting peeps; people like Mike Dorr, and Mike Maloney, and Dan Needham, and Ed DeRosa, and Seth Merrow. In case you missed it, it's here (pdf).
Originally when thinking of posing this question, I assumed that the piece would have a snippet of an answer or two, followed by a lot of commentary, but this was not the case. The answers were so comprehensive, so well expressed and so bang on, there was little of that needed.
It always amazes me how into it horse racing people are. You don't have to draw a paycheck from this business or own 57 horses to be enthralled with it. All you have to do is be a part of it, as a customer, watcher, follower or participant. I think that's why the answers given were so good. People love expressing their opinion about a sport they enjoy.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoy reading it. I certainly did.
Have a great start to the week everyone.
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