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HERE IT IS KATHY
O.K. Kathy Parker here’s that blueprint for the Breeders
Before proceeding the basic understanding is that The Breeder’s
Crown like The Breeder’s Cup should be America’s
day at the races or in our case America’s day or night
at The Harness Races.
So do we do this? One way might be by:
ELMINATING those aged only races since staging them in
mid summer often dilutes the “championship”
Take those monies and add them to what would now become
the 3 and ups…simulating the CLASSIC ASPECT that prevails
in The Breeders Cup.
Too often the 3 year-old only Breeders Crown events simply
morph into just another age group scenarios with little
more championship impact than any other similarly pursed
sophomores only event. Too often as happened last year-
divisional leaders pass! Then there’s the redundancy
aspect as there was little relevance in Rainbow Blue beating
the girls. Again…
For additional funding why not transfer that ½%
collected for the Classic Series into the Breeders Crown
purses. Inevitably there will be a call for the rescinding
of auction sale take outs for the Classic but having those
monies swell what would then be significant Breeders Crown
pots would be far more palatable to those consignors and
purchasers who have no choice but to “ante up”
This would then reduce the Crown to eight races comprising
the four for 2-year-olds exclusively subdivided to sex and
gait and the other four for the 3 and ups. It would certainly
make for a more concise and more relevant broadcast package
on what could then be a truly championship stage.
The date should be at a time when weather plays minimal
significance. Moreover there is ample precedence for championship
caliber 3-year-olds being able to deal with their elders
at that stage of the season. The likes of Shadow Wave, Bullet
Hanover, Most Happy Fella, Oil Burner, NIATROSS and others
all distinguished themselves in American Classic type venues
To further offset the age advantage why not borrow from
the thoroughbred weight for age concept in which 3-year-olds
receive a 5 pound weight allowance by allowing our 3-year
to automatically draw for the inside or most favorable post
Is this a pipedream? Perhaps. To get anything like this
accomplished would require massive industry wide cooperation.
Still it would seem for the betterment of the sport, some
form of Super Bowl concept is necessary like the Breeder’s
Crown was originally hyped to be.
Oh and one of the first things mentioned when news surfaced
of Ghostzapper’s injury induced retirement was “There
goes that Classic match-up with Afleet Alex!
RIGHT ON RANDY
Couldn’t agree with you more Randy Waples! WITHOUT
LIMITS the saga of Oregon distance runner Steve Prefontaine
is about as inspiring an athletic story as you’re
likely to see.
Liked the entire June 9th Canadian Sportsman issue. Stan
Bergstein’s Loose Lines column is a gem addressing
commentary reprinted from recognized thoroughbred columnists
Paul Moran and Andy Beyer.
Moran states that it is at least as important for thoroughbred
handicappers to know the name of the “stable vet”
as it is to know the name of the trainer.
Beyer cites how “drugs including concoctions aimed
at speeding muscle recovery have debased the wonderful game
We may not like this but as Stan stipulates, it is indicative
of how THEY are thinking.
Also liked the piece on fathers and sons.
BLUES IN THE LIGHT
The story about the sidelining of RAINBOW BLUE was picked
up by the New York Post hours after its release. While not
exactly good news it was after all a NEWSWORTHY STORY of
interest to racing fans everywhere. . So too was another
story that has yet to be covered concerning a significant
driver change on what must be considered a celebrity horse.
While this may not have been complimentary to all involved
and there could be some negative undertones it is nevertheless
a STORY that fans might be interested in reading about.
Something news editors tend to take notice of.
As Cole Porter so eloquently versed in Lets Misbehave,
“If you want a future baby go out and get a past!
In other words, if you want INK, provide something to print!
Jack Parker’s impressive Dream Vacation colt WILDWOOD
DAYS (Flash Of Dignity) was scratched from last week’s
baby race with a slight temperature. He went again Saturday
but the early posting required for the Monday’s publication
precludes the opportunity to report how he did.
Impressive that day was XHILARATION a Western Hanover filly
from Motivation and thus a half sister to Figure The Odds,
Unspoken and our own Good Vibrations.
MUSCLE BOUND (Muscles Yankee-Habit) came right back in
Thursday’s New Jersey Sires Stake. DIESEL DON (Muscles
Yankee-Yankee Blondie) qualified back impressively in Friday.
Hey Barry Goldstein! We’ll be pulling for BLUR (Muscles
Yankee-Blue Ridge Girl) in the Elegant Image final.
More next week