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Old 05-16-2008, 11:17 AM   #1
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Is California Lookng at a New Delivery Mechanism?

A friend pointed me to the notice on the Betfair site :

As part of our ongoing negotiations with representatives of the Californian horseracing authorities, we have agreed - for a short period of time - to cease offering markets from Californian tracks on Betfair. Californian tracks offered previously by Betfair include Bay Meadows, Del Mar, Golden Gate, Hollywood and Santa Anita. We recognise this will disappoint many customers who enjoy betting on these events and apologise for the inconvenience this lack of service will cause.

We are working to improve the quality and quantity of our US racing products and hope to be able to announce some significant improvements to our service, later this year.

The markets on Californian racing will not be offered from Monday, May 19. They will be reintroduced no later than the end of the summer, possibly much earlier and updated service announcements will be made on the Betfair forum.
This would be a first for US racing, which has poo-pood deals like this in the past. Is Cali stepping out from the rest of racing and offering their product to a world wide audience, or is this something else?

If it is set up like Betfair has it set in Australia, this will no doubt increase the pool size on all Cali tracks (not like they need it I guess, but it will). And for the first time, bettors from across the globe will be contributing to Cali purses, as well. Betfair has 1.1 million customers.

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