Cuomo must make right moves
With the Saratoga meet about to end, Andrew Cuomo's coup is likely right around the corner, and the New York Racing Association will never again be the same. In NYRA's failure to properly adjust a takeout rate that shortchanged bettors, Cuomo found a convenient excuse to take over the New York racetracks and will now handpick the top-level executives and the majority of the Board of Directors. All this should happen soon.When it comes to racing and wagering, New York's politicians have managed to make a mess of everything they have ever touched, particularly the state's off-track betting system. Combine that with suspicions that Cuomo's blitzkrieg is the result of ulterior motives and the consensus within New York racing circles is that the governor's impending actions will destroy the sport. It very well could. The governor appears to be laying the groundwork for slashing or doing away altogether with the slots contributions that have made New York racing's purses the best in the world. He may also be plotting to stack the NYRA Board and executive offices with the type of politically connected incompetents that made OTB a laughingstock and dismal failure. We just don't know.
The new Board of Directors, and particularly the chairman's position, needs to be made up of people who will realize that their role is to be stewards of a proud and historic racing franchise.