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A blogger alerted me to Bernie’s BIG idea.
Come on Bernie. You really didn’t come up with this on your own did you? You had help right? Did Steve Sexton or Dennis Mills help you? It’s brilliant!
I have to be honest. I have come up with some good ideas and maybe even some bad ideas now and again, but this! WOW!!!
I’m sorry, I know I am not a fan of this guy, but, holy cow, this really is the Dumbest idea I have every seen! “Clanking around my head” is the perfect explanation.I’m pissing in my pants reading this dribble.
“Windows for the special race will close two races in advance to keep people from running in at the last minute and wreaking havoc in the parking lots and at the windows.” “There will be special windows at the track marked as “Get Rick Quick” windows, at which there will be no wagering allowed on other races”
How many more tellers would have to be hired and how much loss of handle would there be by not allowing betting on “other” races!
Bernie goes on:
“Some states, or possibly all, would have to get a legislative statute, but that seems to be a minimal obstacle. Legislators can pass anything they want when it appears to be beneficial to the state”.
We know Bernie..Just ask Churchill Downs, CDI, how successful they are getting slots in a state with a democratic governor.
Just imagine being a racetrack executive having to listen to this with a straight face! The first words out of my mouth would be “security”.
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Sorry, I need to go to CVS to buy depends!
At first I thought someone hijacked his blog and posted this as a joke. But this guy is serious. In these days of instant gratification, how many hours would be required to implement this dumb idea.”A celebrity of some sort, an entertainer or sports figure, will be invited to be the emcee of the proceedings”. Really? WHO in gods name would get involved in this mish mash and why? I have to give everyone in management at every track credit for ignoring this a-hole! Sorry, am I being too strong? Hey Bernie, ever think of becoming a writer for Saturday Night Live. What a hoot!
Here’s The Plan To Fill Racetrack Seats Again
(August 18, 2010)
This is an idea that’s been clanking around in my head for a long time, and a few weeks ago I began to try it out on friends, horsemen, the Florida Speaker of the House, Larry Cretul, his counsel, George Levesque, the president of Tampa Bay Downs, Peter Berube, and the executive vice-president of ther Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners’ Association, Dick Hancock. The response has been overwhelming.
Here’s my idea:
The 10th race on an 11-race card, (or the ninth race on a 10-race card) at every participating track will be called the “Get Rich Quick” race, for want of a better name at this time. It will hopefully be a grass race at a distance to make it more exciting, and the field won’t be less than 10, but 11 or 12 or 13 will enhance the opportunities.
There will be special windows at the track marked as “Get Rick Quick” windows, at which there will be no wagering allowed on other races. Tickets will cost $2 each, and a player can buy as many as he or she wants. Let’s say, for purposes of this example, there are 5,000 people in attendance that day, and the per capita winds up being $20. (For every person who opts for just one or two $2 tickets, there will be players who dive in for $20 or $50 or $100 to enhance their chances of winning). At 5,000 players with a per capita of $20, the pool for this particular day will be $100,000.
Windows for the special race will close two races in advance to keep people from running in at the last minute and wreaking havoc in the parking lots and at the windows. And, more importantly, to get people into the seats early to enjoy the entire program.
A celebrity of some sort, an entertainer or sports figure, will be invited to be the emcee of the proceedings, which will begin immediately after the previous race is official. The emcee will then pick out 18, or 19, or 20 tickets from a huge bin (guarded by law enforcement) and read the selected numbers to the crowd. The people who hold those numbers will be invited to the winner’s circle, where, when they arrive, they will each select – at random- a sealed envelope on which they will write their name, address and phone no.
When all the envelopes have been selected, the emcee will open them one at a time. In 10 of the envelopes, if it’s a 10-horse race, there will be a number of one of the horses. Those 10 people will then have their picture put up on the infield board above the number of the horse they have picked. The other eight or nine people (the actual number of entrants depends on the size of the pool and the size of the field) who have not drawn a horse will have a note inside their envelopes that says, “Congratulations, you have just won $1,000.” They won’t be ecstatic at not having a horse in the race, but $1,000 won’t make them unhappy.
Now, the race is run, and the four horse wins. The person who has randomly selected the four horse wins an instant $50,000. The runner-up wins $20,000, the person with the third horse $10,000, the fourth horse $5,000, etc. The payoffs have to be tweaked, once again, depending on the size of the pool and the field.
Let’s take another day, say, Haskell day at Monmouth Park, when 40,000 showed up. Let’s boost the per capita to $40 – now we have created a pool of $1,600,000. In this case the winner gets $800,000, the runner-up $320,000, the third horse $160,000, the fourth horse $80,000, and so on. The possibilities are endless.
The publicity for this event would be astronomical. Radio, TV, newspapers, talk shows, and just plain word-of-mouth.
As for how often to implement it, if it proves to be highly popular, any track could run it every day. Some tracks might find it more advantageous to go twice a week or three times, it will sort itself out at each venue.
Some states, or possibly all, would have to get a legislative statute, but that seems to be a minimal obstacle. Legislators can pass anything they want when it appears to be beneficial to the state.
That’s my plan, out there for all to see, or try. Even Frank Stronach and Dennis Mills. If it doesn’t bring the old players back, and create a horde of new ones, we may be doomed.