I took a look at the exactor payouts from the first 14 days of racing last year and this year. In 2013, with 149 races, the average $2 exactor payout was $81.66. If you remove Oaks and Derby day, that average is $67.33. Only 14 exactors paid $15 or less. This year, with 143 races, the average $2 payout has been $64.88. Remove Oaks and Derby day, it's $58.84. 24 exactors have paid $15 or less. It may be time to nickname Louisville "Chalk City."
We've seen the field sizes collapse. We've seen the handle go down. If you hadn't already seen it, or wanted proof, we've seen the payouts go down. The Churchill Downs product is becoming completely unappealing. If you are still playing Churchill, I certainly don't understand why.