Racing’s Moment of the Year

You can now vote for thoroughbred racing’s “Moment of the Year” on the NTRA Web site —

Voters have the opportunity to choose from among 10 images, drawn from the year’s racing. Those selecting the winning image will automatically be entered in a random drawing for a grand prize of $1,000. The winning moment will be announced at the Jan. 22 Eclipse Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills.

The 10 choices for “Moment of the Year:”
* Barbaro wins the Kentucky Derby by 6 1/2 lengths.
* Barbaro is injured in the Preakness as Bernardini wins impressively.
* The racing world keeps vigil as Barbaro fights for his life at the New Bolton Center.
* Lava Man wins the Pacific Classic, becoming the first horse wo sweep SoCal’s three major handicap races, including the Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup, in the same year.
* Trainer Todd Pletcher breaks Waye Lukas’ records for most stakes wins and graded stakes victories in one year.
* Street Sense wins the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by a stakes-record 10 lengths.
* Ouija Board captures her second Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf race.
* Invasor defeats Bernardini in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
* Discreet Cat equals Easy Goer’s track record in taking the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct.
* Russell Baze breaks Laffit Pincay Jr.’s record for most career victories.

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  2. With Chuck Simon’s permission, I am cross-posting here a cemnomt that he left on the previous post:There is no doubt that we as an industry need to do a better job at caring for our horses once their racing careers are over. That is not to say that there aren’t a lot of people/owners/trainers that are doing a good job at retraining/placing/funding for their horses but far too many are slipping through the cracks. The main problem is pretty simple to explain but pretty tough to solve. That issue is money.It is easy to cast stones especially for those who have no idea how much it costs to care for racehorses. The sport is lacking in owners as it is mostly because the economic reality of the game is just so tilted away from owners being able to recapture anything but a small percentage of their initial investments plus expenses. Quite simply in many jurisdictions the purses are too low for potential owners to risk their hard earned money with not only no chance to recoup their money but hardly a chance to even get back half of what they are putting in. And guess what? With our friends at ICE and the dept of Labor about to make our jobs as trainers harder and even more expensive with more burdensome regulations the price of having a thoroughbred in training is going to go up once again. The plain truth is the vast majority of our current owners are already stretched to the point of seriously considering getting out. Naturally the economy hasn’t helped but the economics of the game are still very much upside down. Why am I going on this tangent? Because without judgment based on the morals of aftercare of horses, the reality is a very small percentage of owners are going to be able to care for horses forever at real world prices (not $3 a day which is a mindbogglingly low number). I’m sure some of the righteous will claim they shouldn’t be in the game if they cant support their horses but who will replace them? Why must it always be the owners that are supposed to pay for everything? In NY the newly elected horseracing hating Gov (By the old horse hating Gov)wants the owners to pay to run the Racing Commission despite the state taking hundreds of millions of dollars from the industry each year. This after the Jockey Club, horseman’s organization, backstretch fund and Jockey Insurance all take their slice of the owners pie of a purse earning. If the current 2.75% surcharge/tax holds owners in NY will be getting about 35% of the proceeds of a winning purse. You don’t have to be a math major to figure out this isn’t a very good deal considering how hard it is to win a single race on the NYRA circuit. Why the states shouldn’t contribute a portion of their take to create a post-race care fund is hard to figure. Sure the states are broke but if the bad PR continues to negatively impact handle the investment they would make wouldn’t be much different than the loss of revenue from lowered handle AND it could be the rare positive story for the politicians. Plus with the success of so many prison/horse programs there already is a connection of sorts. People have to understand where the trainer stands in this entire process. Probably 80% of trainers (maybe higher) in the business are living paycheck to paycheck with owners not really even obligated to pay them. Trainers that take too many moral stands or stands in general often find themselves with a shed row of empty stalls. To think that we should be obligated to pay for the after care of horses that we don’t own is wrong. When people say owners should pay for the aftercare of horses how do you define owners? Are you including every person that has owned a piece of the horse ever? Or the first person to own the horse? Or the last? So few horses have owners from birth till the end of their racing careers it is something that needs to be more clearly defined.The other issue which is not exactly a fun thing to think about but needs to be part of the discussion is the euthanasia of older or infirm horses. At some point you may wind up in a situation where you have to make a humane choice even though it is still difficult to do. I believe that this is a problem best solved regionally as anything national is too big and too costly to properly administer. Many tracks have really beefed up their after care programs though it is still not enough. But in the end this whole issue can be solved if we can just find the funds to cover the expenses. THAT is the really hard part.

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