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Country Grammer also had an impressive 5th place finish......look ahead to that one making noise in the FL Derby
Maxfield is #21 Derby Point list, yet a co-6th for money won. At 10 points credit with those below him at that mark or less. Deja vu of years back Derby Delta Lookin at Lee. However I never employ voo doo anecdotal handicaping, nor names, colors,etc. Yet this is the first Derby where my numbers surface. Derby 1,4 & 6 and the 9 for good measure. (d)
Churchill Derby decision re: to run as always 1st Saturday in May takes on a myriad of components beyond their management and execution logistics. Their decision to run involves other commercial entities beyond the racing communities. And it is obvious...track handle for that whole week that it would not be run without fan attendance .
$165 million was bet on THE race last year. Huge hit financially if its an empty venue.
Curious and uniformed am I. If tracks remain open but do not allow spectators, doesn't revenue from bettors and other track-offered items (concessions, etc.) suffer immeasurably?
How can they continue to run? Is there enough off-track revenue to justify remaining open and running?
Please enlighten me. I'm certain you have answers. :)