From the blast of Internet news and commentary that followed the
resignation of Greg Avioli from the Breeders’ Cup, a person reading the
horse racing press this past Friday might have easily concluded that the
ruler of Oman had stepped down.
People change jobs every day but this move was revolutionary. It wasn’t
just that there was an abdication of the throne at one of the Sport of
Kings’ top institutions. But the person wearing the crown was leaving at
the bidding of a man with a hat size, and a reputation to boot, that
are bigger than Barry Bonds’s.