This blog came about due to the inspiration instigated by another fellow, passionate Racing fan. He recently commented that the time really has come to centralize the governance of our sport by our own hands. He, like many of us, wants to see our sport flourish again. We all want to have healthy, happy horses who run before crowded grandstands across North America. Many think this needs to happen through the influence of high-power members of the Racing community. I disagree…at least in part. While we need our big owners and trainers to sign on to reforms, we also need to make sure we are working with Racing’s fans – at all levels, in all roles. There is no horse racing if there are no owners and no fans. In case anyone isn’t clear on the basics of horse racing and what maintains and grows our sport, horse racing owners and trainers come from horse racing fans.
The fan of whom I wrote earlier is also a fellow breeder and owner. The difference is he’s been darn close to the pinnacle of success in our sport, and I have yet to be in the Winner’s Circle for my own small track horses, but it doesn’t matter. We love our sport and we know we aren’t alone. You’re with us, too.
It doesn’t matter if you only watch the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races on NBC, or subscribe to HRTV and TVG through your satellite provider and/or online so you can O.D. on races 24/7. It doesn’t matter if you handicap races religiously or don’t know how to bet at all. It doesn’t matter if you go to your local track as much as possible, or wouldn’t know where to find one but just think racehorses are beautiful to watch. It doesn’t matter if you work in some aspect of this sport or enjoy the fruits of the laborers who do. This blog is about our sport, and I encourage us all to participate however we can. Thank you for reading it, commenting on it, and sharing it.
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