Meeker said racinos stimulate a better internal competitive product in both simulcasting and on track markets and enhance external competition. "Added monies available to us through racinos provide an opportunity -- if we choose to utilize that opportunity -- to make us more competitive on an external basis, which allows us to be more competitive with myriad entertainment options."Although he didn't offer specific solutions to industry problems, he said passion about racing is needed to move the industry forward. But beyond passion, there needs to be a commitment to change."Racing today needs passion," Meeker said. "A passion that has total commitment and is goal oriented. The passion I'm talking about is when you walk out that door you are committing the next 365 days to solving problems."
The speech, light-hearted at times, targeted apathy and called for industry leaders to "think young" or to think differently about change and the way to solve problems.