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Author Topic: Studio Racing And Online Yearling Sales  (Read 176 times)
Slim Russ
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« on: February 12, 2013, 01:07:40 PM »

Hanover is putting 39 yearlings from its 2013 crop up for sale on its website.

Apropos of that, on Christmas Eve, 1976 Yonkers offered studio racing. They did not have a meet in progress so they brought in cheap claimers from Saratoga, Liberty Bell……and staged a nine race card. As one might expect, when you put together fields of cheap horses from different tracks, the prices were pretty good: the double paid $460. The track was empty save for a few essential employees. The races, which folks had bet on at OTB, went off at ten minute intervals beginning at 2:30 and they were shown on television that night from 7:30 to 8:00. The handle was $1.5 million for the card.

The Meadowlands had opened in September and Yonkers was feeling the heat. They were raffling off turkey…..anything to close the gap. At the time Tim Rooney declared that by the mid-eighties studio racing would take over the sport. He thought new gambling platforms would make it inevitable. Some might say what Yonkers, Harrah’s and the other slot tracks have right now is studio racing. I guess Hanover selling their yearlings online, the same way LL Bean sells boots, makes sense in that context.
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