Two races, one huge problem
They did it again. At the very instant the field for Saturday's Grade 1 Beverly D. at Arlington Park was crossing the finish line in Chicago the horses for the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga were leaving the gate. These were two huge racing events and they happened virtually at the same time, forcing the horseplayer to concentrate on and, likely, bet on one but not both.This was not good for the fans or for either track. No doubt Saratoga and Arlington both lost some betting handle on those races because they got in each other's way and competed for the attention of the simulcast players. Yet it happens all the time. And this is not one of those vexing problems in a sport filled with vexing problems that are so hard to fix. To fix it would take one or two phone calls and a simple willingness among major tracks to cooperate.
To fix it would take one or two phone calls and a simple willingness among major tracks to cooperate.