The “Public Gambling Guide (https://practicefoundry.com/)” conducted a survey of Japanese awareness and interest in American horse racing among 150 Japanese gambling enthusiasts. We asked 8 questions, such as awareness of American racecourses and races, degree of interest in Japanese horse racing and American horse racing, and what they want to know about American horse racing.
Outline of questionnaire survey method
The outline of the “Survey on Japanese Awareness and Interest in American Horse Racing” conducted this time is as follows.
|Survey period||From July 12, 2023 to July 13 2023|
|Survey method||Internet survey (using the crowdsourcing service “Lancers”)|
|Number of respondents||150|
|Survey target||Japanese gambling enthusiast|
Survey questions and answers
Survey questions and answers.
Question 1. How much do you know about American horse racing?
- I don’t know 93
- i know a little 50
- know to some extent 7
- know more 0
Of the respondents, the most (93) said they did not know at all, followed by the second (50) who said they knew a little. On the other hand, 7 people answered that they knew to some extent, and no one answered that they knew in detail.
The results show that many of the respondents have limited knowledge when it comes to American horse racing.
Question 2. What do you think are the main differences between American horse racing and Japanese horse racing?
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Differences in courses: I have the impression that dirt is the mainstream in America, while turf is the mainstream in Japan.
Types of horses: American horse racing is said to favor strong, powerful horses.
Difference in prize money: There is an image that the prize money of American horse racing is much larger than that of Japan.
Race distance: American horse racing is said to have a short lap, while Japanese horse racing is long.
Spectators: American horse racing has an image of being enjoyed by a few wealthy people, while Japanese horse racing is viewed by a wide range of people.
Rules and specs of racetracks: American horse racing has many counterclockwise courses, and dirt horse racing is the mainstream. Horse racing in Japan is mainly turf horse racing, and racecourse soil and course specifications differ.
Differences in gambling characteristics: American horse racing has the image that bets and dividends are larger than those in Japan.
Jockey physique and standards: It is felt that jockeys in American horse racing tend to be oversized.
Some respondents cite specific differences, while others feel differences in the image and culture of horse racing.
Question 3. Have you ever watched an American horse race?
- never watched 93
- have watched it once or twice 39
- I watch it occasionally 17
- watching regularly 1
The highest number of respondents (93) said they had never watched it. The next most people (39 people) said they have watched it once or twice, 17 people said they watch it occasionally, and 1 person said they watch it regularly. is.
As you can see from this result, only a small percentage of people have watched American horse races. The majority of respondents said they had never watched it, suggesting that the viewing culture and level of interest in horse racing in the United States is still relatively new.
Question 4. Have you ever bet on American horse races?
- never bet 143
- I bet sometimes 4
- have bet once or twice 3
- betting regularly 0
The largest number of respondents (143) said they had never placed a bet. Four respondents said they gambled occasionally, three said they gambled once or twice, and no one said they gambled regularly.
As you can see from the results, only a small percentage of the respondents have experience betting on American horse races. Betting culture and involvement in betting in American horse racing is still relatively new, as most respondents said they had never bet.
Question 5. Do you know the following famous American racetracks and races? (multiple selection possible)
- i don’t know any 82
- kentucky derby 61
- Breeders’ Cup 29
- arlington million 17
- preakness stakes 14
- Belmont Stakes 13
- santa anita handicap 10
Of the respondents, the largest number (82) said they did not know any of them. 61 said they knew the Kentucky Derby, 29 said they knew the Breeders’ Cup, 17 said they knew the Arlington Million, and 17 said they knew the Preakness Stakes. 14 said they knew the Belmont Stakes, 10 said they knew the Santa Anita Handicap.
As you can see from these results, only a small percentage of the respondents know about famous American racetracks and races. With the highest number of respondents saying they don’t know any of them, it can be said that the awareness of specific racetracks and races in American horse racing is still not widespread.
Question 6.Which do you think is more interesting, Japanese horse racing or American horse racing?
- Japan 101
- America 49
Of the respondents, 101 answered that they thought Japanese horse racing would be interesting, while 49 answered that they thought American horse racing would be interesting.
As you can see from these results, the majority of respondents think horse racing in Japan looks interesting.
On the other hand, some respondents are attracted to American horse racing because the fun of horse racing varies depending on individual tastes and interests.
Reasons why Japanese horse racing is interesting
・Familiarity with horses and jockeys. Because I want to make money again and enjoy cheering on my favorite horses and jockeys.
・As far as American horse racing is concerned, I don’t know anything about racehorses, so I don’t know how interesting it is. I’m here.
・First of all, it is easy to go to the racetrack and WINS because it is close to us, and you can also visit the production areas in Hidaka, Hokkaido, and be closely involved. Also, Japanese horse racing has a well-established system for the race environment, such as the distance system and the 3-year-old classic, so it is easy to understand the position and meaning of the race.
Reasons why American horse racing is interesting
・Because I imagine there will be an element of excitement as entertainment that is not found in Japan with American freedom.
・Because I think the jockey will look like a Hollywood star. The clothes may be fashionable like those worn by cowboy stars, so it seems to be worth seeing.
・Current horse racing in Japan is all about speed, so it’s not fun because it’s like a simple race. America is looking for both speed and power, so it’s impressive to watch.
Question 7. Would you like to try American horse racing?
- no 110
- yes 40
Of the respondents, 110 answered that they would not want to try American horse racing, while 40 answered that they would.
As you can see from the results, the majority of respondents do not want to try American horse racing. Interest in and willingness to participate in American horse racing is limited, and it can be said that American horse racing is less involved than Japanese horse racing.
On the other hand, some people answered that they would like to try American horse racing. There are people who are interested in American horse racing and want to experience different horse racing cultures, horses and racing events.
Reasons for people not wanting to try
・Because horse racing is not that developed, you don’t understand the rules of betting, and you’re afraid of the risk of losing big because it’s gambling.
・Because it takes a lot of time and effort, and even if you spend it in Japan, the tax will take away your take home.
・I’m not very interested in gambling. Also, horse racing in the United States has an image of a large scale, so I’m afraid that the amount of money to bet will be large, so I’m reluctant.
Reasons for answers from those who want to try
・The atmosphere of the racetrack looks good, so I would like to try a famous race such as the Kentucky Derby there.
・I thought it would be fun to increase my hobbies if I could learn about the differences from Japanese horse racing and experience the unique fun of American horse racing.
・I personally think Japanese horse racing is more fun to watch than American horse racing because there are more speedy races, and it’s fun to not be able to read the results until the end of the latter half of the race.
Question 8. Is there anything you would like to know about horse racing in the United States? (multiple selection possible)
- betting rules 71
- History/Culture 44
- Rules and regulation 40
- where you can race 38
- Not particularly 34
- economic impact 19
- others 7
Of the respondents, 71 answered that they wanted to know the rules of betting, 44 answered that they wanted to know about history and culture, 40 answered that they wanted to know about laws and regulations, and horse racing. 38 people answered that they want to know where they can do this, 34 people answered that they have nothing in particular they want to know, 19 people answered that they want to know about the economic impact, and there are other things they want to know 7 people answered.
Since American horse racing has different rules, culture, laws, etc. from Japanese horse racing, it can be said that there is an interest in learning about them.
There are also a certain number of people who want to know about history and culture, and people who want to know about laws and regulations.
There are many people who want to know about places where horse racing can be held, and it can be seen that there is a high interest in information about racetracks and venues in the United States.
・Is it possible to purchase betting tickets on the Internet?
・How popular is it compared to other domestic sports competitions?
・Regarding the rotating system of the Breeders’ Cup.
・Is there a live commentary in Japanese that can be seen on the Internet live broadcast?
What kind of jockey and horse do you have?
What kind of racetracks are there?
・Race horses and related episodes
Summary of questionnaire results and impressions
It can be said that the knowledge and willingness to participate in horse racing in the United States is limited. Many respondents said they knew nothing about American horse racing, and many said they had never watched it. Also, few people had ever bet on American horse races or knew about American racetracks and races.
On the other hand, some respondents were also interested in American horse racing. In particular, there were many people who wanted to know about the rules of betting, the history and culture of horse racing in the United States, and the laws and regulations. In addition, some people answered that they find American horse racing interesting, and it was found that some people are interested in American horse racing.
The lack of interest in and knowledge of horse racing in the United States can be attributed to differences in culture and customs, difficulty of access, and lack of information. Compared to Japanese horse racing, information and awareness about American horse racing seems to be limited.
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