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Page: Introduction

1. How long have you been wagering on horse racing?

 

answered question

474

 

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0

 

Response
Percent

Response
Count

Less than a year

 

0.0%

0

1 to 5 years

5.5%

26

6 to 10 years

5.1%

24

11 to 20 years

11.2%

53

21 to 30 years

23.4%

111

For more than 30 years

54.4%

258

Don't know

0.4%

2

 

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2. Which of these thoroughbred racetracks is closest to where you live?

Click for drop-down list

 

answered question

472

 

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2

 

Response
Percent

Response
Count

Aqueduct

1.9%

9

Arapahoe Park

0.8%

4

Arlington Park

4.2%

20

Assiniboia Downs

0.4%

2

Belmont Park

5.7%

27

Beulah Park

1.1%

5

Calder Race Course

0.6%

3

Canterbury Park

3.0%

14

Charles Town Races

0.8%

4

Churchill Downs

2.8%

13

Colonial Downs

1.1%

5

Delaware Park

1.7%

8

Del Mar

1.9%

9

Delta Downs Racetrack

 

0.0%

0

The Downs at Albuquerque

0.4%

2

Ellis Park

0.8%

4

Emerald Downs

3.2%

15

Evangeline Downs

0.2%

1

Fair Grounds

1.1%

5

Fairmount Park

0.6%

3

Fairplex Park

0.4%

2

Ferndale

 

0.0%

0

Finger Lakes

0.6%

3

Fonner Park

0.8%

4

Fort Erie Racetrack

1.5%

7

Golden Gate Fields

4.4%

21

Gulfstream Park

2.1%

10

Hawthorne Race Course

0.8%

4

Hollywood Park

2.5%

12

Hoosier Park

0.6%

3

Indiana Downs

0.2%

1

Keeneland

3.6%

17

Kentucky Downs

0.4%

2

Laurel Park

2.8%

13

Lone Star Park

2.1%

10

Los Alamitos Race Course

0.6%

3

Louisiana Downs

0.4%

2

The Meadowlands

1.9%

9

Monmouth Park

1.7%

8

Mountaineer Park

1.3%

6

Oaklawn Park

1.3%

6

Penn National Race Course

0.8%

4

Philadelphia Park

3.6%

17

Pimlico

1.7%

8

Pinnacle Race Course

0.8%

4

Prairie Meadows

1.3%

6

Presque Isle Downs

0.4%

2

Remington Park

1.7%

8

Retama Park

0.4%

2

River Downs

1.1%

5

Ruidoso Downs

 

0.0%

0

Sam Houston Race Park

1.5%

7

Santa Anita Park

3.2%

15

Saratoga Race Course

2.1%

10

Stampede Park

0.6%

3

Suffolk Downs

4.4%

21

Sunland Park Racetrack

0.4%

2

Tampa Bay Downs

3.6%

17

Thistledown

0.6%

3

Turf Paradise

1.9%

9

Turfway Park

0.6%

3

Woodbine

5.1%

24

Yavapai Downs

 

0.0%

0

Zia Park

 

0.0%

0

Don't know

1.3%

6

 

3. Which of these thoroughbred racetracks do you consider your favorite(s) for wagering?

You may select up to three favorites.

Click for drop-down lists

 

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Racetrack

 

 

Aqueduct

Arapahoe Park

Arlington Park

Assiniboia Downs

Belmont Park

Beulah Park

Calder Race Course

Canterbury Park

Charles Town Races

Churchill Downs

Colonial Downs

Delaware Park

Del Mar

Delta Downs Racetrack

The Downs at Albuquerque

Ellis Park

Emerald Downs

Evangeline Downs

Fair Grounds

Fairmount Park

Fairplex Park

Ferndale

Finger Lakes

Fonner Park

Fort Erie Racetrack

Golden Gate Fields

Gulfstream Park

Hawthorne Race Course

Hollywood Park

Hoosier Park

Indiana Downs

Keeneland

Kentucky Downs

Laurel Park

Lone Star Park

Los Alamitos Race Course

Louisiana Downs

The Meadowlands

Monmouth Park

Mountaineer Park

Oaklawn Park

Penn National Race Course

Philadelphia Park

Pimlico

Pinnacle Race Course

Prairie Meadows

Presque Isle Downs

Remington Park

Retama Park

River Downs

Ruidoso Downs

Sam Houston Race Park

Santa Anita Park

Saratoga Race Course

Stampede Park

Suffolk Downs

Sunland Park Racetrack

Tampa Bay Downs

Thistledown

Turf Paradise

Turfway Park

WoodbineYavapai Downs Zia Park None of these I don't have a favorite Response
Count

First favorite

4.4% (21)

0.0% (0)

1.7% (8)

0.2% (1)

12.5% (59)

0.0% (0)

0.4% (2)

0.6% (3)

1.3% (6)

3.0% (14)

0.0% (0)

0.6% (3)

5.1% (24)

0.6% (3)

0.0% (0)

0.4% (2)

0.2% (1)

1.3% (6)

2.1% (10)

0.0% (0)

0.4% (2)

0.0% (0)

0.4% (2)

0.4% (2)

0.6% (3)

0.4% (2)

1.9% (9)

0.4% (2)

3.8% (18)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

11.7% (55)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.4% (2)

1.5% (7)

1.3% (6)

2.3% (11)

1.5% (7)

1.3% (6)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.2% (1)

0.2% (1)

0.6% (3)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

8.5% (40)

14.4% (68)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.2% (1)

3.0% (14)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.6% (3)

3.8% (18)0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 0.6% (3) 3.2% (15) 472

Second favorite (if applicable)

4.6% (21)

0.0% (0)

2.0% (9)

0.2% (1)

14.6% (66)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

1.1% (5)

5.1% (23)

0.4% (2)

1.8% (8)

4.6% (21)

0.4% (2)

0.0% (0)

0.4% (2)

0.2% (1)

0.9% (4)

3.1% (14)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.7% (3)

0.2% (1)

4.2% (19)

0.7% (3)

6.9% (31)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

8.4% (38)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.4% (2)

0.2% (1)

2.0% (9)

0.7% (3)

2.9% (13)

0.9% (4)

0.7% (3)

1.3% (6)

1.5% (7)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.9% (4)

8.2% (37)

11.9% (54)

0.0% (0)

0.7% (3)

0.0% (0)

2.2% (10)

0.0% (0)

0.7% (3)

0.2% (1)

1.8% (8)0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 0.2% (1) 0.9% (4) 452

Third favorite (if applicable)

4.8% (21)

0.0% (0)

2.1% (9)

0.2% (1)

8.1% (35)

0.0% (0)

0.9% (4)

0.7% (3)

0.7% (3)

6.2% (27)

0.0% (0)

1.4% (6)

4.4% (19)

0.7% (3)

0.0% (0)

0.9% (4)

0.5% (2)

0.9% (4)

2.3% (10)

0.0% (0)

0.5% (2)

0.2% (1)

0.9% (4)

0.0% (0)

0.7% (3)

1.2% (5)

5.8% (25)

0.9% (4)

4.8% (21)

0.9% (4)

0.5% (2)

9.2% (40)

0.5% (2)

0.7% (3)

0.5% (2)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.5% (2)

2.8% (12)

2.1% (9)

1.4% (6)

0.7% (3)

1.4% (6)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.9% (4)

0.0% (0)

1.2% (5)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.5% (2)

8.1% (35)

9.5% (41)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.5% (2)

2.3% (10)

0.2% (1)

0.7% (3)

0.5% (2)

3.0% (13)0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 0.2% (1) 0.7% (3) 433

 

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4. Which of these thoroughbred racetracks do you consider your favorite(s) to visit?

You may select up to three favorites.

Click for drop-down lists

 

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Racetrack

 

 

Aqueduct

Arapahoe Park

Arlington Park

Assiniboia Downs

Belmont Park

Beulah Park

Calder Race Course

Canterbury Park

Charles Town Races

Churchill Downs

Colonial Downs

Delaware Park

Del Mar

Delta Downs Racetrack

The Downs at Albuquerque

Ellis Park

Emerald Downs

Evangeline Downs

Fair Grounds

Fairmount Park

Fairplex Park

Ferndale

Finger Lakes

Fonner Park

Fort Erie Racetrack

Golden Gate Fields

Gulfstream Park

Hawthorne Race Course

Hollywood Park

Hoosier Park

Indiana Downs

Keeneland

Kentucky Downs

Laurel Park

Lone Star Park

Los Alamitos Race Course

Louisiana Downs

The Meadowlands

Monmouth Park

Mountaineer Park

Oaklawn Park

Penn National Race Course

Philadelphia Park

Pimlico

Pinnacle Race Course

Prairie Meadows

Presque Isle Downs

Remington Park

Retama Park

River Downs

Ruidoso Downs

Sam Houston Race Park

Santa Anita Park

Saratoga Race Course

Stampede Park

Suffolk Downs

Sunland Park Racetrack

Tampa Bay Downs

Thistledown

Turf Paradise

Turfway Park

WoodbineYavapai Downs Zia Park None of these I don't have a favorite Response
Count

First favorite

0.4% (2)

0.2% (1)

4.3% (20)

0.0% (0)

4.9% (23)

0.0% (0)

0.4% (2)

2.3% (11)

0.4% (2)

3.2% (15)

0.4% (2)

1.3% (6)

10.4% (49)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.6% (3)

0.4% (2)

0.0% (0)

1.5% (7)

0.2% (1)

0.4% (2)

0.2% (1)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

1.5% (7)

0.2% (1)

1.9% (9)

0.0% (0)

1.3% (6)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

11.9% (56)

0.2% (1)

0.4% (2)

0.9% (4)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

2.1% (10)

0.4% (2)

3.2% (15)

0.9% (4)

0.4% (2)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.6% (3)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.4% (2)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.6% (3)

8.9% (42)

21.5% (101)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

1.5% (7)

0.0% (0)

0.2% (1)

0.0% (0)

2.8% (13)0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 1.1% (5) 3.8% (18) 470

Second favorite (if applicable)

0.8% (3)

0.0% (0)

3.5% (13)

0.0% (0)

6.5% (24)

0.0% (0)

0.3% (1)

0.0% (0)

1.1% (4)

5.1% (19)

0.3% (1)

1.4% (5)

8.1% (30)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.8% (3)

0.5% (2)

0.3% (1)

1.4% (5)

0.3% (1)

0.3% (1)

0.3% (1)

0.8% (3)

0.5% (2)

1.6% (6)

0.3% (1)

5.7% (21)

0.5% (2)

4.1% (15)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

10.8% (40)

0.0% (0)

1.4% (5)

0.3% (1)

0.3% (1)

1.1% (4)

0.8% (3)

4.3% (16)

1.1% (4)

1.9% (7)

0.3% (1)

0.8% (3)

0.5% (2)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.3% (1)

1.1% (4)

0.0% (0)

0.5% (2)

0.3% (1)

0.0% (0)

8.9% (33)

15.2% (56)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

1.6% (6)

0.3% (1)

0.8% (3)

0.0% (0)

1.9% (7)0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 0.5% (2) 0.5% (2) 369

Third favorite (if applicable)

2.9% (9)

0.3% (1)

4.6% (14)

0.0% (0)

5.2% (16)

0.3% (1)

0.0% (0)

1.0% (3)

0.7% (2)

5.9% (18)

0.3% (1)

1.6% (5)

7.5% (23)

0.3% (1)

0.3% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.7% (2)

0.3% (1)

2.3% (7)

0.0% (0)

1.3% (4)

0.0% (0)

0.3% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.7% (2)

0.3% (1)

6.8% (21)

0.7% (2)

3.3% (10)

0.3% (1)

0.3% (1)

5.5% (17)

0.3% (1)

0.7% (2)

0.7% (2)

0.0% (0)

0.3% (1)

1.3% (4)

2.6% (8)

1.0% (3)

1.3% (4)

1.0% (3)

0.7% (2)

1.0% (3)

0.3% (1)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

1.0% (3)

0.3% (1)

1.3% (4)

0.3% (1)

0.3% (1)

9.1% (28)

11.1% (34)

0.0% (0)

0.7% (2)

0.3% (1)

3.3% (10)

0.7% (2)

2.0% (6)

0.3% (1)

2.6% (8)0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 1.0% (3) 1.0% (3) 307

 

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5. What is your current relationship to horse racing?

Select as many as apply

 

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468

 

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Response
Percent

Response
Count

Horseplayer

98.1%

459

Horse owner

16.2%

76

Horse trainer

1.1%

5

Horse breeder

4.5%

21

Software developer

4.3%

20

Industry employee

3.2%

15

Industry supplier

0.6%

3

Horse racing journalist

4.1%

19

Racing information company employee

0.9%

4

Show repliesOther (please specify)

8.8%

41

 

Page: Wagering

6. How often do you wager on horse races?

 

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467

 

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Response
Percent

Response
Count

Every day

14.1%

66

Several days a week

43.9%

205

Once or twice a week

17.6%

82

Every weekend

7.9%

37

A few times a month

11.8%

55

Less often than once a month

4.3%

20

Don't know

0.4%

2

 

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7. Thinking about how and where you typically wager, please estimate the percentage of your total handle that is on-track, off-track (OTB), and through advance deposit wagering (ADW), including offshore accounts.

Please enter positive numbers that sum to 100

 

answered question

460

 

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14

 

Response
Average

Response
Total

Response
Count

Show repliesAt a racetrack

 

25.56

10,198

399

Show repliesAt an off-track betting (OTB) venue

 

25.89

7,949

307

Show repliesThrough an advance deposit wagering (ADW) account using phone/online (including offshore accounts)

 

70.51

27,853

395

 

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8. Thinking about different racing surfaces, please estimate the percentage of your total handle that represents wagers on dirt, turf, and artificial surfaces.

Please enter positive numbers that sum to 100

 

answered question

458

 

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Response
Average

Response
Total

Response
Count

Show repliesDirt

 

47.96

21,582

450

Show repliesTurf

 

29.51

13,220

448

Show repliesArtificial

 

25.70

10,998

428

 

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9. Thinking about different types of horse racing, please estimate the percentage of your total handle that represents wagers on thoroughbred races, standardbred races, and quarter horse races.

Please enter positive numbers that sum to 100

 

answered question

459

 

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Response
Average

Response
Total

Response
Count

Show repliesThoroughbred races

 

94.01

42,961

457

Show repliesStandardbred races

 

10.24

2,346

229

Show repliesQuarter horse races

 

2.78

593

213

 

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10. Thinking about other forms of gambling, please estimate the percentage of your total play that is devoted to horse racing, sports books, poker, and other casino games.

Please enter positive numbers that sum to 100

 

answered question

458

 

skipped question

16

 

Response
Average

Response
Total

Response
Count

Show repliesHorse racing

 

90.89

41,627

458

Show repliesSports books

 

7.75

1,589

205

Show repliesPoker

 

5.55

988

178

Show repliesOther casino games

 

6.79

1,596

235

 

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11. How many different wagering accounts do you have?

 

answered question

462

 

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12

 

Response
Percent

Response
Count

None, I only bet at the racetrack or a simulcast venue

14.9%

69

One

30.7%

142

Two

31.4%

145

Three or more

22.5%

104

Don't know

0.4%

2

 

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12. All things considered (e.g. takeout rates, quality of racing, integrity of the sport, etc.), from your perspective as a horseplayer, how would you describe your current satisfaction with horse racing?

 

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461

 

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Response
Percent

Response
Count

Very Satisfied

5.4%

25

Somewhat Satisfied

24.1%

111

Neither Satisfied Nor Dissatisfied

11.3%

52

Somewhat Unsatisfied

35.8%

165

Very Unsatisfied

23.2%

107

Don't know

0.2%

1

 

Page: Issue Concern

13. Please indicate how concerned you are with each of the following issues regarding horse racing.

 

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458

 

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Not At All Concerned

Slightly Concerned

Somewhat Concerned

Moderately Concerned

Extremely Concerned

N/A

Rating
Average

Response
Count

Public awareness and perception of the sport

5.7% (26)

8.5% (39)

14.4% (66)

24.7% (113)

45.4% (208)

1.3% (6)

3.97

458

Pari-mutuel pool integrity

10.7% (49)

15.3% (70)

15.5% (71)

15.3% (70)

41.5% (190)

1.7% (8)

3.63

458

Illegal use of medication and drugs

2.8% (13)

8.3% (38)

12.7% (58)

17.2% (79)

58.5% (268)

0.4% (2)

4.21

458

Pari-mutuel takeout rates

2.4% (11)

3.7% (17)

7.6% (35)

21.0% (96)

64.6% (296)

0.7% (3)

4.43

458

Breakage

10.5% (48)

13.8% (63)

19.4% (89)

22.9% (105)

28.2% (129)

5.2% (24)

3.47

458

Declining average field size

2.8% (13)

5.0% (23)

13.3% (61)

24.2% (111)

54.4% (249)

0.2% (1)

4.23

458

Federal income tax laws on winnings

7.6% (35)

8.3% (38)

10.0% (46)

15.5% (71)

54.6% (250)

3.9% (18)

4.05

458

Parking, admission, and concession prices

31.4% (144)

16.4% (75)

13.5% (62)

17.9% (82)

14.4% (66)

6.3% (29)

2.65

458

High rebate thresholds

18.8% (86)

13.3% (61)

18.3% (84)

18.8% (86)

21.6% (99)

9.2% (42)

3.12

458

 

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14. Again, please indicate how concerned you are with each of the following issues regarding horse racing.

 

answered question

457

 

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Not At All Concerned

Slightly Concerned

Somewhat Concerned

Moderately Concerned

Extremely Concerned

N/A

Rating
Average

Response
Count

Late scratches and Pick-3/Pick-4 wagering

15.1% (69)

17.5% (80)

19.9% (91)

22.8% (104)

21.7% (99)

3.1% (14)

3.19

457

Abuse of late scratch rules

10.9% (50)

19.0% (87)

19.3% (88)

20.6% (94)

28.4% (130)

1.8% (8)

3.37

457

Proliferation of artificial surfaces

25.4% (116)

11.6% (53)

12.0% (55)

16.4% (75)

33.7% (154)

0.9% (4)

3.22

457

Computerized robotic wagering and late odds changes

9.0% (41)

10.7% (49)

15.8% (72)

21.4% (98)

42.0% (192)

1.1% (5)

3.78

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Access to live video and replays

14.9% (68)

14.2% (65)

14.7% (67)

21.0% (96)

34.4% (157)

0.9% (4)

3.46

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Distribution of signals and ADW accounts

10.7% (49)

9.4% (43)

15.8% (72)

21.2% (97)

37.9% (173)

5.0% (23)

3.70

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Growing trend to "breed for speed"

13.3% (61)

11.6% (53)

19.0% (87)

21.4% (98)

33.0% (151)

1.5% (7)

3.50

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Decreasing television coverage/ ratings

5.9% (27)

10.9% (50)

16.4% (75)

26.9% (123)

38.9% (178)

0.9% (4)

3.83

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Lack of on-track perks for high-volume bettors

29.3% (134)

15.1% (69)

15.8% (72)

15.5% (71)

19.3% (88)

5.0% (23)

2.79

457

 

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15. Do you think the industry should invest in a modern secure tote system fast enough to render odds and payoffs in real time?

 

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Response
Percent

Response
Count

Yes

85.1%

388

No

3.7%

17

Not sure

11.2%

51

 

16. Short of investing in a modern secure tote system fast enough to render odds and payoffs in real time, one measure that has been suggested by horseplayers as a way to ensure that betting isn't taking place after the bell and to prevent odds from changing after the bell is to close pools and stop wagering when the first horse is loaded into the gate.

Would you be in favor of and support this?

 

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Response
Percent

Response
Count

Yes

71.5%

326

No

18.4%

84

Not sure

10.1%

46

 

Page: Bet more/ priorities

17. What is the main reason you take breaks from betting on horse racing?

 

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Response
Percent

Response
Count

I temporarily run out of gambling money.

10.7%

49

I focus on other types of gambling instead of horse racing.

2.9%

13

I get discouraged because of things like losing photos, losing DQs, bad rides, etc.

6.4%

29

I just don't have the time to play at certain times of the year.

21.7%

99

I tend to focus on specific meets and/or races, so my betting is cyclical.

23.2%

106

I don't take breaks and bet almost every chance I get.

16.4%

75

None of these

17.5%

80

Don't know

1.1%

5