The Paulick Report (11/7) says that Oaklawn Park has received a record number of stall applications for the upcoming meet (Jan 9th). The reason: a record amount of available purse money ($23 million). On the surface, all seems rosy in Arkansas. But…

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Oaklawn is a racino track; in a January 2013 DRF article, Oaklawn’s GM conceded that at that time revenue from gaming – reel/table games – accounted for close to 50% of total purse money. And that was up from 40% the year before. A “critical component,” he called it. Chances are it’s even higher now.


So you see, the Paulick press release is grossly misleading: With nary a mention of the corporate welfare (welfare because the money flowing from gaming to horsemen is unearned and state-mandated), the implication is that Oaklawn racing – as measured by bets and attendance – is thriving. It is not. Distract and deceive, the racing way.