I often get asked questions simply because folks can expect a straight forward unvarnished answer, and so I thought I would respond to some comments I heard last night at Canterbury Park.
The ADW Bill, ( http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/new-minnesota-adw-law-boost-business-canterbury/ ) I mentioned long ago and suggested MN horsefolk support, was signed and passed in Minnesota. The bill will help offset Minnesota Racing costs and increase funding for Minnesota breeders and horsemen.
Though everyone claims credit for positive developments like this, just like they did when Canterbury Park really drove the industry saving Mystic Lake deal, the ADW bill was authored and driven by the Minnesota Racing Commission! Most of the horse people who should be driving real change didn't even understand the ADW bill, and likely still don't!
Instead of Minnesota horse people whining about things like purses, regulations and administrative minutia, they should be thanking the current Racing Commission, current Commission Executives, and Canterbury Park for their extraordinary efforts. We should also remember that the current Racing Commission and Canterbury Park have done more, and are doing much more, for Minnesota racing than Minnesota horse people seem to be doing for themselves.
And that's the honest truth my friends.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.