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Things I’d Like to See Happen in 2017

An industry-wide commitment to tote technology. Horseplayers are still suspicious about pool manipulation as they see odds drop during the running of a race. Whether or not past-post betting is happening (it likely isn’t), the optics are not good. Should it really take 30 seconds for bets to cycle through a digital network this far into the 21st Century? An industry-wide commitment to high-definition television. Who isn’t broadcasting in high-definition these days? Sadly, horse racing. While the rest of the sporting world recognizes the importance of a crystal-clear television signal, many North American racetracks still send out 1970s-era fuzzy video streams. The worst examples are the casino tracks that have the money to spend and simply won’t make the investment. Collaboration of the “alphabet soup organizations.” It’s probably too much to ask for consolidation of the numerous horse racing associations that we know by their acronyms (TJC, RCI, TOBA, HBPA,…

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