After my recent blog posts, people asked where I get my racing industry information. Much of it comes from the publicly available Jockey Club State Fact Books. If you want to take the time to really understand how Minnesota stacks up, anyone can find out by reviewing every individual state fact book as I do, and then completing a "comparative analysis". (Funny how MN organizations that should stay on top of this stuff and transparently share such an analysis never do, isn't it?)
Anyway, here's a direct link to the Minnesota 2017 Jockey Club Fact Book which highlights the 2016 declines in purses, open company starters and average purses per race I mentioned in yesterdays blog.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.