Bigger purses would help racing

November 10, 2010

What a ridiculous, nonsensical editorial about horse racing! ("More empty promises," Nov. 10.) In one sentence, you write: "The trouble is, the theory about better purses leading to more interest in racing is not true." The last sentence in the same paragraph states: "It could … boost simulcasting revenues."

If it is boosting simulcasting revenues, it is by definition leading to more interest in racing. One needs to go no further than the Monmouth, N.J. experiment over the summer to see the connection between bigger purses and larger fields and increased betting interest.

To state there is no such relationship — without an iota of factual support, as if it is a received truth — is hogwash.

Thomas F. McDonough, Towson

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