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Are 20 too many?   Triple Crown

Started May-5 by GoForGin; 2765 views.
In reply toRe: msg 18
Wintertrian

From: Wintertrian

May-7

So  the industry has the PERFECT opportunity to lower the field to 14 or so now. 

Perfect timing.  

Will they do it?   I would not bet on it.   Their ability to be proactive, about anything, is totally non existent. 

ChiefsCrown

From: ChiefsCrown

May-8

GFG....

Nope, i always maintained 20 are too many. 14 would be fine and it gets the auxillary gate out. The thing is this is a money driven sport so having 14 might have an effect on the purse handle.

Tough enough to 'cap an 8 horse field let alone 20 on the mud!!

ChiefsCrown

From: ChiefsCrown

May-8

Winter....

Good points!! Especially the comparison between Justify and Winx.

DogsUp

From: DogsUp

May-8

All

IMHO less than 20, say 14

Less breeding/less foal population

Less put in auction

More home breds kept

Less people getting into racing ownership

Auction prices would go down

Derby attraction for general population*,  and perhaps world wide would deminish

* Not the infield

Handle and advertising would diminish

Preakness and Belmont Stakes would be devalued on many fronts

Cause a lot of yawning

ChiefsCrown

From: ChiefsCrown

May-8

Uhhhh....i'm guessing.....you're thinking, 14's too few from that post??

Wintertrian

From: Wintertrian

May-8

DogsUp said...

Cause a lot of yawning

Better than horror.   I wince at the start of EVERY Ky Derby, not about who is going to win but that everyone comes home safe.  I don't like chaos nor do I like demolition derby type events.

I was at Oaklawn watching when Eight Belles went down.  I had to run out into the parking lot to throw up.  I get sick when I see stuff like that.  Larry jones and everyone in that barn was shell shocked and emotionally stricken for quite a number of years after that.  

RAESFAN

From: RAESFAN

May-9

I admit that I still get giddy on Derby Day, especially right before the race. However, I am also anxious about particularly, the cavalry charge around the first turn. I was reminded Saturday that the danger is not limited to that portion of the race. Yes, in my opinion, 20 is too many!

DogsUp

From: DogsUp

May-9

My comments on 20 field Derby to  say 14 runners...above is what the reality of the Industry ..breeding, auction, sales price at auction, etc would be projected with mathamatically cutting the field by a third.

I'm not into Bull fights, bull runs, car races and release... let bugs/flies out of my house, car, camp rather than kill them.

  • Edited May 9, 2019 9:05 am  by  DogsUp
DogsUp

From: DogsUp

May-9

See item 26... Regarding ...The Industry estimated facts.

I scream out loud too! No matter where I am.

twoshots

From: twoshots

May-10

Yes, 20 is too many, that's why it only happens once a year. And I say keep it that way, for the showcase it has become. Even among the knowledgeable people on this forum, it is the most popular racing event of the year, judging by the number of posts. If the prime concern is safety of the horses, make every race just 2 horses. Or better yet, run them all separately and award the one who clocks the fastest time. Still there could be breakdowns. For the safety of the horses, no racing at all is the way to go. But that's not what racing fans want.

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