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If I Was Horse Racing Commissioner

No one called and appointed me commissioner of thoroughbred racing, but here's what I'd do if the invitation ever came:


Return the Breeders' Cup to its original one-day format rather than the current two-day setup that debuted at Monmouth Park in 2007 and has helped water down the Super Bowl of horse racing.


Can you imagine them playing the first half of the Super Bowl on a Saturday and the second half on Sunday?


I didn't think so.


As Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas told me last fall, many of the current Breeders' Cup races could easily be eliminated - the Juvenile races on turf are two that immediately come to mind - and that would free up some money to perhaps make some of the other races more lucrative, starting with the Classic, which currently has a purse of $5 million.


Leave Oak Tree alone.

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