How to Fix The Sport of Horse Racing

January 21, 2023

Horse Racing has issues and we can never seem to make enough progress. On this episode of Past The Wire TV we put together a panel of experts who have the passion and experience to identify and weigh in on some key points.

Not only to we get to the heart of these matters we offer our solutions. You may agree or disagree and we’d love to hear all your thoughts. Help us help keep this dialogue going and get people including HISA and racetrack managers and shot callers listening. That would be a great first step.

What is racing wasting time on?

What would you do given all the power?

How do we grow the sport?

All this and a lot more on this episode of Past The Wire TV

Below is a time stamped summary of the episode for your convenience:

Summary of How to Fix The Sport of Horse Racing

00:00:00 – 01:00:00

This YouTube video discusses the need for horse racing to be more regulated, with an emphasis on better education and limiting the number of whip strikes. The author has a personal opinion that the whip rule is overkill at this point, as the number of strikes is not making a big difference.

  • 00:00:00 In this video, PastTheWire Tv discusses how horse racing has overreacted to the whip and crop issue and argues that education is the key to making the sport safer for horses.
  • 00:05:00 The author of the YouTube video talks about the need for horse racing to be more regulated, with emphasis on limiting the number of whip strikes. He also discusses the need for better education about the public’s perception of horse racing, and how this might be a mistake. The author has a personal opinion that the whip rule is overkill at this point, as the number of strikes is not making a big difference.
  • 00:10:00 The speaker agrees with Jon that the focus on whips has been misguided, and that there are other issues to focus on when it comes to racing. He also thinks that the attempt to eliminate whips at Monmouth Park alongside other measures taken to make the game more hospitable to wagerers, such as not allowing coolers in the backyard area, has not yielded the desired results.
  • 00:15:00 The video discusses how horse racing has deviated from its focus on the win bet, and the negative consequences this has on the horses and the riders. The author suggests that racing should refocus on the actual winner and get back to the wind back in order to achieve Maximum exertion only for the main prize.
  • 00:20:00 The video discusses horse racing, discussing how the industry has failed to properly police and regulate itself, and proposing that the industry be subsidized in order to bring focus back to the interesting aspects of the sport, such as betting to win. William Too, an expert on horse racing, gives his opinion on the topic, in support of Haisa, the organization that oversees horse racing in Japan.
  • 00:25:00 The video discusses how horse racing is struggling due to lack of ability to cooperate and promote the game, as well as different racing jurisdictions with different regulations and laws. Heisen believes that an organization similar to the NFL’s commissioner and ruling body is necessary in order to help the sport improve.
  • 00:30:00 The video discusses how horse racing is regulated at the state and federal levels, and how this can create problems. It suggests that a uniform system across the U.S. would be beneficial, as it would help to prevent problems such as injuries and post-race tests that go wrong.
  • 00:35:00 The video discusses the benefits of having a Horseman’s Advisory Board, which is a group of horsemen with experience in the industry. The board can provide expertise and credibility when making decisions and can help to improve the learning curve for horse racing.
  • 00:40:00 The video discusses ways to fix horse racing, including banning private vets from racetracks, having all vets be racetrack or state employees, and having a centralized pharmacy that regulates drugs. It also suggests that trainers be forced to return to training horses rather than relying on vets to help with the process. This may be unpopular, but it is necessary to ensure the safety of the horses and to protect the integrity of the sport.
  • 00:45:00 The video discusses ways to fix horse racing, with the focus on improving safety and integrity. One suggestion is to coordinate schedules so that major races are run only during certain times, and disqualifications should be made by a central body off-site. Another suggestion is to disqualify horses based on their performance, rather than their owner or trainer.
  • 00:50:00 The video discusses how horse racing could be improved by having a replay center that watches all the games nationwide. It discusses how in boxing, a free shot is given to the opponent before the opening round, in order to win the fight 99 out of 100 times. It argues that this is similar to how horse racing should be conducted, as a foul out of the gate would be almost impossible to recover from.
  • 00:55:00 The presenter notes that there are a number of problems with horse racing, including a lack of horses, a lack of competition, and a high level of doping. He suggests ways to fix these problems, including reducing the number of graded stakes races and increasing the number of horses in the game.

01:00:00 – 02:00:00

The video discusses how horse racing has changed over the years and how this has led to cheating becoming more prevalent in the sport. The presenter argues that stricter rules and punishments are needed to deter cheating, and that this would ultimately make horse racing more enjoyable for everyone involved.

  • 01:00:00 The speaker points out that, while horse racing may suffer from a “crab bucket mentality,” implementing a flat five percent tax on every wager would increase the revenue generated by the sport. He also suggests creating educational courses on how to play horse racing, in order to attract more people and increase the pool of gambling dollars available. Finally, the speaker recommends adapting horse racing’s wagering options in order to appeal to sports gamblers.
  • 01:05:00 The video discusses ways to improve horse racing, including promoting it as a skill game, removing red tape, and providing better education. The trainer suggests that one way to improve horse racing is to take a big race and bet on it using a pool.
  • 01:10:00 The author proposes that the New York Racing Association subsidize and seed the win pool to the tune of a quarter of a million to half a million dollars, in order to increase the purse and increase the popularity of horse racing. He suggests that this would be justified by the idea that the winner matters, and that it would propel handle.
  • 01:15:00 The author discusses how horse racing can be difficult to teach to newcomers and offers some ideas for how to make the learning process easier. He also thanks viewers for their input.
  • 01:20:00 The author discusses how horse racing has become more complex, with fewer opportunities for bettors to win big. He argues that this makes the game less enjoyable for those who are invested in it and recommends simplifying the betting process and giving bettors a greater chance to win. He also notes that concerts at racetracks can lead to problems, such as horses becoming spooked by the noise.
  • 01:25:00 The video discusses how horse racing has changed over the years, with the introduction of concerts and longer race days. The author argues that this change has made it difficult for people to watch the races without being disturbed.
  • 01:30:00 The video discusses the topic of horse racing and how to keep people entertained and not inebriated for a long period of time. It discusses how racetracks try to get families involved and how overages of legal medicines can be considered cheating. It argues that, like poker, overages of legal medicines should be considered a skill game and that should be treated the same as playing poker for long periods of time.
  • 01:35:00 In this video, Jeff discusses how horses metabolize medications differently, leading to an overage or “overage” on a legal medication. He believes that a tiered system should be in place to differentiate between overages on legal medications. He also discusses how foreign substances can be abused to enhance performance in horse racing.
  • 01:40:00 In this YouTube video, John Navarro discusses how horse racing can be “cheating” or ” cheating” because of the use of therapeutic medications which may have improper dosage or withdrawal time. Navarro goes on to say that the proper way to police this is through better rules and guidelines, as well as testing and punishment for those who break these rules.
  • 01:45:00 In this video, a veterinarian discusses how horse racing can be fixated with winning at all costs, which can lead to cheating. They suggest that criminal punishment be given to those who cheat, rather than merely suspending them. They also mention that cheating in horse racing is not confined to a certain time or place, and that it is a problem that needs to be addressed more seriously.
  • 01:50:00 The presenter discusses how the sport of horse racing has changed over the years, with the current situation being that owners are more focused on winning than anything else. They go on to say that if the trainer of the winning horse is found to have been involved in doping, the owner may have to take some action.
  • 01:55:00 The video discusses how trainers and owners can be held accountable for their horses’ performances. The trainer or owner who is responsible for a horse’s performance is determined by law, and if they are sued, they may have to give back money to their competitors.

02:00:00 – 02:00:00

The video discusses how horse racing is often rigged in favor of the house and suggests possible ways to fix the sport. It also offers advice on how to be a successful horse gambler.

  • 02:00:00 The video discusses how horse racing is often rigged in favor of the service winner and suggests possible ways to fix the sport. It also offers advice on how to be a successful horse gambler.

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  1. Thomas CULLEN O'ROURKE Jan 23, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    bettors are the life blood of racing……reduce the takeout.

  2. Phillip Jan 23, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    Get rid of all Jackpot single ticket payout bets. They are essentially a much higher takeout bet unless you have enough money to target the jackpot. Gulfstream and Santa Anita are the worst offenders with their “Rainbow” bets.

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