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Stupid is as stupid does: Horse Racing

Here are 5 reminders of why horse racing is the poorest managed of all the world’s sports:

The Pennsylvania Derby is held the same day as the Super Derby – Hello, is anyone planning these events?  You ended up with 2 very mediocre races, rather than one pretty good one. There aren’t enough good horses on the east coast to support 2 similar races. I say take away the grade if they can’t plan better.  Also Parx Racing? Great name, NOT. Bring back Keystone I say... Read More

 

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe knew about things when he stated "there is nothing more frightful than ignoirnace in action." The Jockey Club has does and will probably forever rule racing with an iron hand. When you are the only legal game in town you develop disdain for you customer as a take it or leave it situation as they have shown repeatedly. It wasn't unitl after a class actio suit by the Jockey's Guild after WWII that jocks licenses were pried out of their hands. Jim Squires referes to these autorcratic atherosclerotic rigid individuals as the "Dinnies" in response to Dinnie Phipps and outlines in his book, Headless Horsemen, how they are adrift with no ideas to solidify the game. When Gaines came up with the idea of the Breeder's Cup it was rejected until THEY put their name on it as ???co authors, so when you begin to try to see why the game is in the state it is in today,. READ a little history first. HANA (Horseplayer's Association of North America) is trying to use some boycotting force to change things, but I would not hold my breath. The only coordinated racing to date is during the Tripel Crown and Breeder's Cup dates and that only happens because of single factor: $$$$$$$$$$
humphrey - you are an arrogant old dinosaur. stop patronizing and insulting people who are trying to imprpove the mess that you and your generation made of the beautiful sport of horse racing. of course the writer knows that each track functions indpendently. he is making the point that for the survival of the sport, tracks need to think more strategically and plan their stakes programs to maximize the interest in each track and stakes race. it's a perfectly sensible idea and essential in an age when there is increasing competition for the sports fans' attention and dollars. "ALWAYS have" is true. "ALWAYS will" is a stupid and regressive opinion.
ANYONE with a smattering of historical perspective realizes that each track functions totally independent of the other ALWAYS have always will.

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