02-09-2013, 10:59 AM
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Well, I am a horse racing fan, and it's one of the things that I really miss having moved from the UK.
But - I watched the link you posted and I learnt that the racing industry has (in Ontario) been subsidised by slot machines at the tracks and that without the slots the race tracks won't be profitable.
So it's not THE GOVERNMENT closing the race tracks, it's that the tracks just don't run a sustainable business without subsidy from other gambling. If not enough people want to go to the races to keep all those racetracks open, that's not the fault of the government.
The fault may lie with the racetrack owners for not working to make the sport more enjoyable and accessible. Or it may be no-one's fault and just a reflection of the changing face of society.
When all those tracks opened the rural society had no Internet, little or No television, and frankly, not much to entertain themselves apart for animal racing! Now there are other options and racing must compete.
Slot machines encourage low level compulsive gambling which can bleed the wealth out of the poorest in society. That's a whole different discussion, but. I mentioned that because an argument to out them IN to racetracks in mass numbers would ring a lot of alarm bells with me because of the negative impact on society.
The racing industry needs to look TO ITSELF to solve it's economic problems and bring more punters in. If that means closing some racecourses and concentrating on making the remaining ones a place that a family would want to go for a day out then that is probably a good thing for the long term.
Nakotaheaven, how is your horse?