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
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.