Im not really starting racings second season, the championship season, in a good mood. Even with the Saratoga race meet just 15 days away, my passion is being blunted by apathy.

Horseplayers are the ones that have been most disappointing. Fans love to complain about whats wrong with the game. God knows theres much to complain about.

Medication issues, legal and otherwise, lagging technology, poor customer service, and overall product quality, are problems truly worthy of discussion. But then so is the cost of the product.

In the last decade, nationwide handle on horse racing grew from $10 billion to $15 billion annually. But in this millennium, its been flat. Why?

What does business do when sales are slow? It lowers the price, hoping to renew interest by making the product more affordable.

Racing is unique in the sporting world because its enjoyment is derived via fan participation. It is the greatest vehicle for gambling ever invented for the thinking man. So, what does the thinking handicapper do?

Absolutely nothing, if the response to a recent column on this site is any measure.

HRI is a new alternative in this data-driven game. Weve been happy to get five, six, or even more responses to some of the pieces that have appeared on this site.

But last weeks, on the four percent takeout on the Ellis Park Pick Four, got one response. One!

Could it be that no one understands the economics of wagering?

Im no math genius, far from it. But a wager that puts the odds in our favor over the long term, one where track executives and horsemen and legislators from the Commonwealth of Kentucky came together and took a risk for our gain and, ultimately, theirs?

This is a very big deal, and nobody seems to care.

Reaction, any reaction, yeah or nay, was anticipated. It would have been a welcome start to meaningful dialogue between racings considerable uncounted majority and the industry (simulcastors and OTBs dont take attendance). Instead, reaction was next to nothing.

Am I to believe that New Yorkers, for instance, are more interested in who gets the NYRA franchise than the current law that prevents OTBs from taking wagers on the Ellis Park Pick Four?

As if by just showing up the new operators of New York racing are going to put money back into horseplayers pockets?

And where is the racing media on this? Wheres the commentary? Again, yeah or nay, I dont care. But say something. Anything.