I agree with all these statements. Royal is a class act through & through, but that track ruined her chances before the gate opened. I also think she needs to stay with females from now on. Rachel & Zenyatta were exceptions. The majority of NA females don't do we'll against males even very good ones like Royal.
You are 100% correct, Mike! Every time I hear the "there have always been catastrophic injuries, ect." excuse, I say the same thing; that the public's attitude toward animals, specifically, companion animals, has changed drastically in the last few decades. If the PTB in the sport continue to pretend it's 1950, horseracing is doomed. To this day, I think racing began it's inexorable decline on the awful July dayy in 1975 when Ruffian broke down in front of 20 million TV viewers.
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