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New Mexico

Because someone needs to say something....

I would like to take this time to remind horse racing fans -- particularly those locally -- affected by the recent news covering the sport in the state of New Mexico of something very important I learned a long time ago. 

There is no such thing as bad publicity, especially when you accept the idea that any publicity can be spun in a number of different ways. 

The recent cover stories in the NY Times
 or today's editions of the Farmington Daily-Times will hopefully lead to a greater appreciation of the business side of horse racing, a side that is not seen by the casual, irregular fan. 

It is also hoped that, in spite of a significant bump or two in the road, the sport of horse racing, will survive and will eventually prosper again. It will flourish because, hopefully sooner rather than later, the people that need to be held accountable for their lack of actions will finally be taken to task.

 

Do not let the negligent few who have done their best to wreck the sport, have the last word. 

 

Don't let the bastards win, in other words.

 

Those who truly care about the sport, and the business of conducting the sport, will hopefully understand that they are under a microscope. Whether that is because of a few bad apples or because of an industry that needs to be checked thoroughly is of no matter.

Why we're here is no longer a reasonable question.

How we fix it is the only acceptable response.

That's all.

 

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MEET STEVE BORTSTEIN

I have had the pleasure of seeing the business of racing from several unique angles.

As a writer, I enjoy the time spent with horsemen, interviewing some of the most amazing people the sport has to offer.

As a radio talk show host, I get to hear the excitement of the jockey moments after winning a big race and the thunderous noise of a live crowd growing louder as the stretch run gets closer to completion.

As a paddock show host, I see the horses, not just as numbers and statistics on a sheet of paper, but as strong, incredible, vulnerable and energetic animals, capable of either being brilliant or chaotic as any animal at any given moment.

I have been covering the sport of horse racing for nearly 20 years, starting as a young, roving reporter in Southern California before moving to New Mexico in 2002.

I have had the extreme pleasure of watching the sport of kings thrive and succeed here in the Land of Enchantment.

In addition to the incredible quarter horse talent on display here on a daily basis, we’re also blessed to be the home state of record-setter Peppers Pride as well as one of the biggest longshot winners in Kentucky Derby history, Mine That Bird.

I’ll be here frequently offering reports and selections on races throughout the state of New Mexico, from Sunland to Zia, from Albuquerque to Ruidoso, and from my hometown track of SunRay Park and Casino, where I work as paddock show host when I am not doing my “other” job as a radio talk show host on FOX SPORTS AM1340.

Please feel free to let me know if you like or dislike what you see here. I firmly believe you learn something new every day in this sport, so if you have something to teach me, feel free to let me know.

I hope you enjoy the work here and throughout the pages of Horse Racing Nation. I’m proud to be a new member of this extraordinary family.