New York horseman dude Rick Violette:
Where would you want to see that money [money for drug testing to catch cheaters] come from?
“I’d like to take some of it off the top of handle. We certainly need the investment. Handicappers, or handicapping groups, are the first ones to rail about catching cheaters."
Ya, that's it. Those handicappers and fans would benefit so they should be paying for it. The horses - that many claim to love - won't benefit. They might be injected with frog venom, or given blood builders, ruining them for life but they certainly won't be helped by catching the people doing it to them.
Or the fact that the game gets sullied with "cheaters" where PETA comes out against it, governments rail against it, and owners leave, stop investing in horseflesh,. because they don't want to play a mugs game against a juicer down the street. That costs trainers like Rick Violette, and breeders and hay men and feed men, and vets and Bob Evans and everyone else who draws a paycheck from the industry money. But they won't benefit.
No, it's the gamblers who would be the big beneficiaries, because they "rail against it".
The big picture vision in racing's alphabets and those who speak for them is incorrigibly blind.
In a sport that has recieved billions and billions in slot revenue - money that this sport should be using to make the game better, by oh, I don't know, maybe paying for drug testing - it is maddening that this industry's participants constantly come back to customers to pay for everything that benefits them.
Leaving the fact that if takeout was raised to pay for it, less money will be bet, and they might have less money than they do now aside: It doesn't make logical sense and it has never made logical sense.
If a company wanted to create a stock purchase plan they don't ask shareholders to send in one of their shares to keep the employees happy. General Motors would not ask Ralph Nader to raise money for airbags because "he is always railing against consumer safety". If at a meeting you suggested to Steve Wynn he increase the craps take to 6% to pay for new security cameras you'd be fired before you grabbed the last donut.
In horse racing the mantra is, and always has been "great idea, as long as I don't have to pay for it."
The person paying for it is usually the customer, which is a big reason why racing doesn't have very many of them.
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