That's exactly the point I made on here several months ago when we all started talking about the 3% "relief" money from the river boats, and the huge amount that was being delegated to the tracks owners.
Until about 7 years ago the "splits" money was held in excrow by the state. Each track had to "prove" that they had used their own money for capitol improvements in order to get that "splits" money that was in their held account. Further, they had to submit a three year plan to the racing board before the dates hearing every year on their projected capitol improvements projects which the racing board reviewed and approved or dis-approved.
Each track had to also prove that they had at least 3 qualified bids for all projects along with anti-collusion statements signed by all bidders before any work was started, and then after completion they had to supply completed waivers of lien from all contractors involved in the projects stating that all monies were paid to them 100% before the tracks could submit for re-payment from the "splits" account.
That was one of my primary responsibilities at Hawthorne.
If the racing board insists on a similar structure for payment if the 3% ever kicks in, I would feel a bit easier about it. However, I don't know why the tracks would need so much of the cut of the pie as it is now. Higher purses, better conditions, and more marketing/advertising should drive the product up which would mean more money for the track owners in the cut they take.
So, is the big question, "who will be cut and who will lose their job?" I don't think the tracks are interested now much in marketing, by the way. I don't know much what to think except that big cuts are coming. Y'all been stone-walled until that day, my opinion.
It's like prohibition and then, after, all the small operators fell out, shaken-out, and the big liquor-pie was left on the table for the biggest to cut into, all legal-like. I think there exists a plan, a state-by state plan, sitting somewhere in somebody's desk-drawer. But it might still be iffy because the economy might still suck, I mean, big-time. Anyway, that's when it will happen.