There really is a rather large contingent of fans of overseas racing here in the U.S. It's nothing for us to stay up until 2 to 3 a.m. to catch a big race in Australia or Japan, or Hong Kong. The time difference is not as bad for Europe (5 hours for the UK/6 for France ET), which is perfect to watch overseas racing in the a.m. and NA in the afternoon. None of the major online publications provides in-depth coverage -- would love to see HRN step up and have a separate section dedicated to it: commentary, race analysis, posting of (simple) graded stakes calendar, offering some regular coverage. Coverage in the U.S. of overseas racing now is almost an after-thought. Racing overseas has to rise to the level of the Melbourne Cup or the British Derby to make it into a few inches of newstype. Anyway, just some thoughts. Love your new "look" and content is great. Keep up the great work!
I keep hoping to be able to click on the "x" on those blasted popups and close them, but I cannot. Really is a turnoff and makes visits here less than enjoyable. Sorry.
Laz, off topic, but I love to run across your comments in cyberspace...you are the master as far as I'm concerned in defending any position you take. In particular, I admire and appreciate your ability to defend in every detail Zenyatta's record to all the Zen haters out there. No one can out-debate you on Z! Thanks always for providing good info and interesting "verbal jousting" rhetoric! :-)
At least the guy with Fox1 Sports is a horse racing enthusiast, and it was brought out in an interview with him that I saw. He is aware of what NBC is doing, and I predict, he will try to expand their coverage in ways to differentiate themselves from that network. Competition is good in situations like this. Also, I believe it is the intent of Fox1 to concentrate on the "older" horse category, the handicap races, and not hit the same notes as NBC with the Triple Crown coverage. So, in that respect, the addition of Fox to the lineup should widen the areas of the sport. Also, the handicap races attract horses that have been around more than 1 season and that people can get to know, more so than the 3 yr old bunch whose ranks every year seem to be thinned out by the end of the season. Bottom line, glad to see more and not less tv coverage.
Nicely done, Brian. Thanks for this review.
Wonderful overview of the Dude, Mary, beautifully written. Hope he is able to go all the way this year.
The people who made the accusation should also be investigated...it's coming out, the trainer of the losing horse has a reputation for being a nut job. If Saez put something under the saddle, what happened to it? Nonsense! As others have pointed out, it would take someone seriously mentally deficient to think he could get away with something like this in front of NBC's HD cameras. If Lukas thought he had done something, Saez would be off riding for him. Good for Saez that he didn't let this keep him from winning the Saranac, and it says lots that Zito, Kieran McLaughlin and other big trainers had him ride for them in a show of confidence. A jockey who wrote a book and admitted to using these devices said it was impossible from his review of the tapes that Saez could have hidden a device. The target for investigation should also extend to Moreno's trainer, and his record splattered all over the front pages. I'm hearing he would not stand up to scrutiny himself.
One of my favorite organizations is TROTT. Their mission is to encourage owners and trainers to retire their marginal horses while they are still healthy enough to be re-trained for another voation.
The link to the NTRA clearinghouse for information about equine aftercare: http://www.ntraaftercare.com/
A good place to start to get educated on equine aftercare issues. Check out the Thoroughbred Connect program: Thoroughbred Connect is the Jockey Club's free online service designed to assist with placement of Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing or breeding careers. Once again, though, who decides when it's time to "connect"? There has to be some accountability of trainers and owners to avail themselves of these resources! Kind of obvious but "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink"! We have to incentivize owners and trainers to seek the services of these programs earlier rather than later.
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