I love racing and have supported it for years. I will continue to support it through donations, contributions, purchases and investments. Nevertheless, handicappers and fans are the key consumers of the sport and the ancient thinkers who still control the racing game just don't understand the pace at which contemporary change is required to address consumer needs.
In addition during my career, I learned that a key indicator of contemporary thinking was the use of current technology in both businesses and industries. As I put my stable through another round of licensing, nominations and certifications, I have to say I have never seen operations in an industry more dependent on ancient processes and practices. Examples include fax machines (who uses fax machines anymore?) versus scanned images, paper files and paper transmissions versus electronics, checks versus online payments, snail mail versus emails and attachments, static websites, static databases, static communications, etc.
Unfortunately, today's headlines and links demonstrate inaction, the disjointed nature of the industry and the inability to control the sport. We must do better!
AMERICAN RACING’S SLOW-MOVING WAR ON COBALT
LONGSHOT WINNER AT TURF PARADISE RAN UNDER WRONG NAME
USTA, OHIO RACING COMMISSION DISCUSS COBALT, OTHER MEDICATION ISSUES AT RECENT MEETING
A few folks have asked about planning ahead for the Canterbury Park "live" racing season. Opening day is Friday May 15th and we race until September 12th. The schedule is up on the Canterbury website, but I also put it on our homepage and here in this blog for easy access. Gonna be a great season!
The good folks at Canterbury Park, who just a few years back reinvigorated racing in Minnesota by structuring a great partnership with Mystic Lake, are now looking at developing the property into a destination site. Thank goodness Canterbury continues to look to the future. What is good for Canterbury is good for both Minnesota and horse racing folks! See the following link for more information.
KSTP.com Canterbury Article
As the 2015 Minnesota racing season approaches, we are getting more and more social media messages regarding horse racing. Based upon this feedback, we have updated and better organized our website with new information. Many questions have been asked about handicapping, ownership, and breeding so we have isolated those subjects for easy reference. We have also added authored articles related handicapping under that heading.
We were also asked to include some videos of past races. You will find a couple of our favorite race videos, and some handicapping learning lessons, in the "Video" sub heading under "Owning". We will add others in the future.
We hope you find the new information and design both helpful and interesting.
Here's a nice note we just received from Joyce Osborne at the Osborne Farm.
Gazette had a big strong filly last night at 11:30. No kidding, she was up before Gazette got up and was running around within minutes! She is nice and straight and really strong boned - I think this is the one you've been waiting for from Gazette - her nicest to date in my opinion. I'll get good pictures sent this evening.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.