Pea Patch Is Closed

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 30, 2009 in General Discussion | No Comments >>

The little track in Western Kentucky has closed the doors for winter. This is just a sign of things to come. With the lack of energy in the business, this may be the only way to survive.

I have heard that less is more. Kentucky has cut dates by over 25% throughout the state. This is led by Turfway Park, who has slashed the dates. This January and February, they will cut back to 3 days a week from the traditional five. They will go back to four days a week in March.

The climate has changed. Racing is on the back burner, despite efforts to revitalize and allow a fair playing field by offering alternative gaming.

Ellis Park was taken by storm when the Geary family took the reins. They committed to having a great deal of customer service, and make it a friendly destination. All of this they accomplished, and they started offering a Pick-4 wager with a very small takeout. They wanted to offer the wager at a fan-friendly takeout. After all, they are not just track owners. They love to play in handicapping contests around the nation. Believe you me, they hold their own and then some…

EP is closing the doors this winter. There will be NO simulcast wagering. They plan to take the $1 million and put it towards purses. They will re-open in April.

Geary knows that 75 people will lose their jobs for the winter. This is eating him, and he advises to draw unemployment and find part-time jobs until April. He emphasized that they are part of the Ellis family, and are integral to the success for the future.

Sometimes hard times require tough decisions. Ron Geary has made one. For the record, it will weigh on his head until the gates swing back open in April. He is a fair leader. He is a fair manager. Ron Geary loves the sport… I know, this will be a tough time. But hang in there Ellis Park. I think some changing factors may lay on the horizon, and the right man is at the wheel of the ship…..