Those glory days are gone forever. It's not just competition from Poker or casinos. Society as a whole has changed and the entertainment of years gone by will never get its old luster back. It is not the fault of horsemen, track owners, breeders or anyone else. There will always be fans of harness racing, but the days of crowds of 8,000 at the track on a weekday night are gone. Who has more fans? Harness racing or lacross?
I disagree with the no fault part.Why do people bet on harness racing in Il without putting THE BET thru the IL SYSTEM ? IMO and I am one whoi has been doing it for years,you get a better deal betting elsewhere or online than betting live on racing in IL.PEOPLE at an OTB IN INDIANA get a better mutual price on BALMORAL than the people live at the track.Whose fault is that ? The tracks have to take some of the blame for creating the problems that drive bettors elsewhere.