Drugs - It's time for a national drug policy with teeth. The game needs to be regulated in such a way that there are absolutely no questions whatsoever about the integrity of the game.
Pool Integrity - Odds changes after the bell, outright theft through abuse of the cancel delay,
failure to close and merge pools when the gate opens, and an industry that knowingly allows this to keep happening is no longer acceptable.
The game needs a modern secure tote system fast enough to render odds and payoffs in real time.
We repeat: The game needs to be regulated in such a way that there are absolutely no questions whatsoever about the integrity of the game.
Quality of the Product - Large competitive fields please.
Awareness - There is a gap between those running the horseracing industry and the customer. This gap has been widening
for decades. But track management and horsemen's associations continue to act as if no problem exists at all. An alienated customer
base, stagnation of handle growth, and a faltering industry is the result.
They haven't listened to the individual horseplayer. Ever. But they will listen to horseplayers in numbers. Together
we can accomplish that first step: We can make them aware.
Promoting Handle Growth - Every form of gambling except horseracing has enjoyed explosive growth in the past two decades.
Instead of growing while other forms of gambling have prospered, horseracing handle has actually stagnated. Why? Handle stagnation is
the direct result of an industry whose management continually fails to listen to and address the needs of its customers.
Handle is the one thing that drives the industry. Increased handle means more revenue for race tracks.
It means more money that can be distributed back to horsemen in the form of purses. It should be obvious to track management and
horsemen that there's just one thing and one thing only they should be focusing on: promoting handle growth. But they
haven't done that. Instead they manage to operate the industry in a way that prevents handle growth instead of promoting it.
Frankly, this hurts racing and we at H.A.N.A. have had enough.
By banding together in numbers we can finally get industry management to listen to and address customers needs and wants. That
will only lead to one thing: Handle Growth. And when that happens everybody wins.