"The owners have enough burden as it is" is not enough of an answer waive the driver fee. A $20 or $25 minimum driver fee, regardless of finish, is a drop in the bucket compared to the trainer fees, vet fees, shoeing, state and USTA license fees, grain, hay, straw, stall rent (where applicable), paddock fees the night you race, and buying the necessary equipment and supplies to keep the horse going. As an owner, I always paid my driver gladly a percent of the purse or a fee, whichever was greater, but he ways got paid no matter where he finished. Let these owners who don't want to pay up, swap places and see how they like it-getting out in a race and trying to beat seven or eight other horses, taking the risks in all kinds of weather, getting mud and crap all over their clean colors, limestone burning in heir eyes. Maybe if they went home empty-handed, they would change their tune and realize how important a job the driver has and deserves to be paid no matter what!