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Posted: 3/1/2010 12:05:13 PM

Once again the Daily Racing Form raised the price to $6.50 and their Saturday edition was $7.00 already. Don't the people that run the paper know that there is just not enough horseplayers who buy the paper. All the BS articles in the form can be eliminated and the writers layed off,should be the way to save money not raising the price every 8 months ,the only people that read the articles are people in the industry not the horseplayers who bet the races. Just put the PP'S in the paper and charge say $5.00 just for that not all the other bull crap articles that real horseplayers throw away!!

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Posted: 3/1/2010 2:31:52 PM

I agree with you that the price of the form is just too expensive but I am someone who enjoys the articles that are included in the newspaper version of the DRF. I like the various writers and track reports.

Downloading pp's online (DRF.com-available days in advance) gives you an option for accessing pp's only.

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Posted: 3/1/2010 4:01:06 PM

$6 or $7 bucks is worth it to me!  Hell, I'd pay $10 per copy.

Maybe you shouldn't  be wagering if $6.50 or $7.00 is a hardship?

As far as I'm concerned it's the best info out there.

I don't read the articles either, just go straight for the pp's!

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Posted: 3/2/2010 7:50:55 AM
It is like everything else these days UP UP UP! But I agree with you totally.
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Posted: 3/2/2010 11:33:42 AM
Gotta have it, no matter what the price
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Posted: 3/2/2010 12:05:53 PM
The deluxe PPs on drf.com are the best, imo.  The quick link to all the replays is what I use the most. 
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Posted: 3/2/2010 12:27:41 PM
The $2 and $10 bettor is the backbone of this industry and every bit as important as "big timers" like you Gambler. So yes, the cost of the form is important and the rate at which it is increasing is alarming. Maybe $200 a month is peanuts to you but not to a lot of us.

The DRF is a necessary evil for the time being but this unabashed free market capitalism is really at fault. 5 yrs. ago or so there was a publication from Sports Eye that was every bit as good as the DRF that was assembled better and cost only $3 when the DRF was $5. Well the DRF bought out Sports Eye so they wouldn't have the competition.
So you can't tell me that that's not pure greed on their part and that they "need" to increase the cost. Would love to see someone else come in and compete but unfortunately risk averse investors are unlikely to get involved in what has been labeled as a dying sport and if they did the DRF would probably just buy them out again. Shame.

I do like the articles but a a lot of people could do without them. So why not put out a separate publication, maybe a magazine, that could be purchased weekly for those of us that are interested.

Wish I had the start-up cash. Anyone wanna go up against the Daily Racing Form?
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Posted: 3/2/2010 12:46:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Kervaine:

The $2 and $10 bettor is the backbone of this industry and every bit as important as "big timers" like you Gambler. So yes, the cost of the form is important and the rate at which it is increasing is alarming. Maybe $200 a month is peanuts to you but not to a lot of us.

The DRF is a necessary evil for the time being but this unabashed free market capitalism is really at fault. 5 yrs. ago or so there was a publication from Sports Eye that was every bit as good as the DRF that was assembled better and cost only $3 when the DRF was $5. Well the DRF bought out Sports Eye so they wouldn't have the competition.
So you can't tell me that that's not pure greed on their part and that they "need" to increase the cost. Would love to see someone else come in and compete but unfortunately risk averse investors are unlikely to get involved in what has been labeled as a dying sport and if they did the DRF would probably just buy them out again. Shame.

I do like the articles but a a lot of people could do without them. So why not put out a separate publication, maybe a magazine, that could be purchased weekly for those of us that are interested.

Wish I had the start-up cash. Anyone wanna go up against the Daily Racing Form?

Even if you had the cash to compete you would go belly up nas horse racing has been and is a dying industry that would be dead now if not for all the slot parlors. And I am a racing fan but a realist.

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Posted: 3/2/2010 2:00:30 PM

I used to buy the form six days a week and was betting almost as many days but the coat of betting the horses is getting out of hand. The Form prices and the rising takeouts at the tracks just beats the player down. Now I use Ehorse online betting exchange and booking bets. Laying bad fav's and getting fixed odds on the horses I like. I was getting tired of betting a horse at 5-1 and watch it drop to 3-1 while the race is running. That's all over now for me and this exchange betting is the only way to go.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!

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Posted: 3/2/2010 2:54:24 PM
Sign up with Twinspires.com and all you have to do is make a small wager on any race from that track you downloaded it from and bam they are FREE! I love twinspires simply because of this reason, even a 10cent super will count as a wager!
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Posted: 3/7/2010 4:44:38 PM
Agree King.  Who in their right mind is going to pay $7 for one lousy racing form.  Come on drf, wake up.  Bris and twinspires is where it is at.  Better PPs too.
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Posted: 11/29/2012 10:01:49 AM

The price of the Racing Form is just too high.  It is worth about  $1.50. 

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Posted: 11/29/2012 12:42:03 PM

Seems kinda funny how most girl about the $7 cost of an investment tool (DRF) but would gladly pay the same $7 for a cup of coffee @ Starbucks or some other rip off joint.

The logic escapes me, I guess?

 

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Posted: 11/29/2012 4:04:02 PM

I worked for DRF for 10 years.  Lost my job, as did 99% of the staff, when the paper was bought and moved from Arizona to New York.  I knew the people that wrote the articles, handicapped, and I was one of them.

Haven't purchased the paper in 5 years.  I don't consider the non pps useless to the everyday player...consider that 'stuff' a luxury. I download my past performances from BRIS at a buck a card, and that's enough for me.

And I could tell you some stories about the 'knowledgable' handicappers...many of whom have no idea what a horse even looks like.

 

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Posted: 11/30/2012 5:24:40 PM
i remember getting a bottle and the form for the ol man when i was little......drf...$2.50..........i bought sat. drf today for $7.50.....my behind hurts
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Posted: 11/30/2012 5:46:58 PM
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Originally Posted by kbrod66:

i remember getting a bottle and the form for the ol man when i was little......drf...$2.50..........i bought sat. drf today for $7.50.....my behind hurts

free pps....www.trks2day.com

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