Saturday, 9 May 2015

You Can Do Good Things With a Little Value

About a month ago the good folks at HANA put up a blog post pointing out that Western Fair Raceway (B harness track in Ontario) had a Super Hi 5 pool that outhandled Gulfstream Park (Major league Thoroughbred track that dominates the winter market) with no carryover.

     Well, the crew at Western Fair did another big one tonight. Tonight's early Hi 5 had a carryover of about $6,000, and it attracted $54,727 in new money, a record single pool for the London oval.

     Western Fair introduced the Hi 5 a couple seasons back. It was one of the first bets in Ontario to offer a 15% takeout and it has grown in popularity as bettors have recognized it's value. It's become a bet worth playing.

     The best way to get people to bet, is to give them a reason to bet. The best reason to bet is having value. If you offer a betting product with good value, it will go a long way for you.

Other Happenings

     Century Downs is open for harness racing, marking the return of racing to Calgary. They've been doing about $70-75k a card, which isn't bad. They've got a $1 minimum Pick 4 with a 15% takeout. You'll see carryovers once in a while, so there'll be some good opportunities there once in a while.

     I got blocked by a guy pretending to be a Grade 1 winning horse today, so that was funny.

     Thistledown pulled a smart move this year, bringing back Monday racing instead of Sundays. The first two Monday cards of the meet have handled a total of $1,765,056. The first two Sunday cards last year did $687,738. 156% more on Mondays.

     Last but certainly not least, live Quarter Horse racing is returning to Ajax Downs on Sunday. I'm returning as the program handicapper this year, and my selections will be posted here. I will also be taking paddock notes and posting them here as well. If you like Quarter Horses and you want to have some fun on a Sunday, check us out.

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