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Jockey's and Trainer's Thread   Horse Racing

Started 3/9/12 by SmittyCat3; 270410 views.
GreybirdK

From: GreybirdK

3/10/12

Oh, good one!  I wish they had used the shot of Mike Smith lying in bed, that could have caused me to seek help for elevated blood pressure.
Derby132

From: Derby132

3/11/12

He sure manages to get his name in print alot, for the wrong reasons it seems.
SmittyCat3

From: SmittyCat3

3/17/12

With all the bad press racing's getting lately - here's a really nice article by Caton Bredar. Why don't they make a tv series showing the GOOD side of the sport.....?

I continue to marvel at the accessibility and graciousness of our sport’s biggest stars and the knowledge they’re willing to share. And it’s not just with me or the media they share with.
Jockeys and trainers—and in many cases, owners—continue to be the sport’s greatest ambassadors to the general public. With no monetary compensation, they consistently take time out of their busy schedules…schedules that arguably are more 24/7 than in any other athletic endeavor…and give of themselves to their sport and their fans.

In between early morning workouts and races virtually seven days a week, they do tv interviews, radio shows, teleconferences, phone interviews and conference calls. They write blogs, go on twitter, participate in fundraisers, do charity work, hand out goggles, donate halters, sign autographs, answer often times ridiculous questions and generally, do so with grace and incredible patience. 
  • Edited 3/17/2012 11:57 am ET by SmittyCat3
Derby132

From: Derby132

3/17/12

Oh this was a treat to read!  Thanks so much for posting it.  I like Caton Bredar, she is genuine.  And heck she is a good writer!  Would love to see more of this from her.  Thanks for the link.  Totally new website for me.
SmittyCat3

From: SmittyCat3

3/17/12

I thought it was well written too...Zoe Cadman tweeted it - Zoe's another great ambassador for the sport. 

Such a shame that HBO trainwreck was such a wasted opportunity.... As I said to Linda VA, I wish someone could help people see the sport we see, warts and all..Not just the warts.
Derby132

From: Derby132

3/17/12

Sometimes I think we'll only ever get there in baby steps.  But recently I am really and truly heartened at the direction things are going.  Now Luck didn't help but there does seem to be a positive momentum especially with the building focus on giving the horses new life after the track.  That is my main concern because, as you posted, without that too many go to slaughter. 

The quick reaction of NYRA to the recent fatalities is something I never though I would see and I am very pleased.  Now it took 17 deaths which is unforgivable,  and it took a directive from the state but at least there is a change coming.  And the message that the sport is being watched closely.

SmittyCat3

From: SmittyCat3

3/17/12

Speaking of which- what do you think about the move to cut purses for low level claimers? I don't know enough about the claim game to have an opinion

Derby132

From: Derby132

3/17/12

Absolutely needed.  The high purses for these claiming races a direct contributor to the recent high fatality rate.   Good info in the article you posted and more on the Aqueduct thread.  
SmittyCat3

From: SmittyCat3

3/17/12

Thanks for your take on it - I'll go look at the Big A thread.

Guess we can hope for a triple crown winner this year - that would certainly be damage control!
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