Golden Gate might close

Re: Golden Gate might close

Postby stark » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:14 pm

Curtis wrote:
interco wrote:Good riddance GGF and take Los Al with you.

Now there’s some forward thinking. Shut down the middle and the bottom and top can then follow.


I'm guessing Interco still holding a bit of a grudge over Bay Meadows closing, he sure looked good there in late 83.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Re: Golden Gate might close

Postby Curtis » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:37 pm

stark wrote:
Curtis wrote:
interco wrote:Good riddance GGF and take Los Al with you.

Now there’s some forward thinking. Shut down the middle and the bottom and top can then follow.


I'm guessing Interco still holding a bit of a grudge over Bay Meadows closing, he sure looked good there in late 83.

Also looked good winning the Big ‘Cap. Ted West’s best horse.
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Re: Golden Gate might close

Postby Dusty » Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:21 am

interco wrote:Good riddance GGF and take Los Al with you.


REALLY??? The TWO tracks that have given the most to try to save Calif racing?
May they run with the WIND
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Re: Golden Gate might close

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:11 pm

I see two different business models in conflict here.
Stronach is trying to stay profitable by contraction, reducing the number of tracks that his business operates. (So long, Calder.)
We've seen it in other businesses, as companies close poorly-performing stores or manufacturers lay off employees to try to operate with the smallest possible overhead. IMHO, with mixed success.
Racing has always operated with a large number of tracks spread out across the country. The smaller, 'lower-tier' tracks provide a place for more owners to run with success, and to provide races to keep more TBs running for a living. They have also allowed trainers and riders learn their craft, and for people all over the country to become racing fans. It's the base of the racing pyramid that supports the peak of tracks like Saratoga, Del Mar or Keeneland.
If we lose tracks like Los Al, or any of the smaller tracks scattered across the country, I fear that racing would find itself contracting into an even smaller niche sport than it already is. :(
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Re: Golden Gate might close

Postby Catalina » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:08 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:I see two different business models in conflict here.
Stronach is trying to stay profitable by contraction, reducing the number of tracks that his business operates. (So long, Calder.)
We've seen it in other businesses, as companies close poorly-performing stores or manufacturers lay off employees to try to operate with the smallest possible overhead. IMHO, with mixed success.
Racing has always operated with a large number of tracks spread out across the country. The smaller, 'lower-tier' tracks provide a place for more owners to run with success, and to provide races to keep more TBs running for a living. They have also allowed trainers and riders learn their craft, and for people all over the country to become racing fans. It's the base of the racing pyramid that supports the peak of tracks like Saratoga, Del Mar or Keeneland.
If we lose tracks like Los Al, or any of the smaller tracks scattered across the country, I fear that racing would find itself contracting into an even smaller niche sport than it already is. :(


Most big business operations trying to stay alive by shutting down under-performing locations at best seem to postpone their failure. Pulling out as much of your cash as is still salvageable invariably poorly reflects on customer service as well as quality of the product, neither of which endears you to the customer.
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Re: Golden Gate might close

Postby Sparrow Castle » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:51 pm

Stronach Group Headed to Court Over Simulcasting Issue
A disagreement over California law regarding simulcasting requirements, between The Stronach Group and the California Horse Racing Board, will head to court, an executive from The Stronach Group said June 21.

Earlier Thursday the CHRB conditionally approved Golden Gate Fields' application to be licensed for its Aug. 22-Oct. 2 meet, with the contingency that The Stronach Group, which owns the track, reaches agreements with each Northern California satellite wagering facility "as required by law," as well as a horsemen's agreement with the Thoroughbred Owners of California and "all other outstanding items" by July 2.

Eric Sindler, who represented The Stronach Group at the meeting, maintained that the company—which is seeking to run its meet without sending its signal to the region's satellite facilities that operate through Northern California Off-Track Wagering Inc. (NOTWINC)—does not have to reach agreements with the satellite facilities to be compliant with California law.

In comments June 13 The Stronach Group's chief operating officer, Tim Ritvo, said Golden Gate could close if the meet is not approved "with our conditions."

Ritvo did not answer multiple requests for comment Thursday, but another executive with The Stronach Group, Scott Daruty, who was not at the CHRB meeting conducted at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, said the company will be "filing a court action to get a to get a judge to interpret the law."

More: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/228174/stronach-group-headed-to-court-over-simulcasting-issue
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Re: Golden Gate might close

Postby stark » Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:31 am

I still get a pretty good giggle knowing that some people think a National Racing Headmaster would resolve the industry's problems :lol:
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Re: Golden Gate might close

Postby Sparrow Castle » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:47 pm

Golden Gate gets conditional approval for meet to open Aug. 22
Golden Gate Fields received conditional approval to operate a six-week race meeting from Aug. 22 to Oct. 2, pending completion of a contract regarding labor costs between the racetrack and an association of Northern California county fairs.

The board of directors of the California Authority of Racing Fairs is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the contract. Thursday, the California Horse Racing Board approved a motion, presented by chairman Chuck Winner, to approve the racing dates at Golden Gate Fields, provided the CARF board approves the agreement by Wednesday.

The outstanding issue surrounds labor costs, particularly salaries for mutuel clerks, officials said. At Thursday’s meeting, officials discussed whether Golden Gate Fields, the county fairs, or Northern California Off-Track Wagering, Inc. – which administers the satellite system on behalf of racetracks, county fairs, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California – would be responsible for labor costs.

Golden Gate Fields officials have indicated in recent months they want to reduce costs by breaking away from a decades-long arrangement with the satellite network and develop an alternative system of betting “cafes” where customers can place bets that would be treated as account wagers.

No such network is in place, track officials told the racing board last month.

For the time being, the off-track betting structure will not change, though the issue remains a concern for racing officials. Larry Swartzlander, the executive director of CARF, said the labor issues will need to be discussed again later this summer when Golden Gate Fields seeks approval for its fall race meeting, which is scheduled to begin on Oct. 17.

“These issues will resurface for the fall meet,” Swartzlander told the racing board. “This solution is kicking the can down the road. The big thing involves around labor. In 30 days, we’ll be in front of you again.”

Winner warned the parties that they must resolve the issues regarding labor costs on their own.

More: http://www.drf.com/news/golden-gate-gets-conditional-approval-meet-open-aug-22?enable=true
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