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  • Raced to Death at the Big A

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/24/op...the-big-a.html

  • #2
    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/i...4190212AAb8k9p

    The response by "straight 1" is an interesting read.
    "If life throws you curve balls, sit on it, and put it in the 2nd deck"..... yeah, well, that's nice, but I could never hit a damn curve ball.

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    • #3
      anal -

      The Ruffian breakdown is one of the blackest eyes in the history of horse racing.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsi_ixx4pAY

      Mainly because it was a national broadcast and a lot of people did not understand that aspect of horse racing.

      It has nothing to do with the end of matching racing however - which is mainly gambling driven. People like to bet longshots and when when push come to shove thats just not possible it 1:1 competitions.
      "you are one sharp son of a bitch" - Yzerman #19 (11/15/2005)

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      • #4
        The Aqueduct situation is driven by the fact that there are these huge purses relative to the quality of talent (IE very average horses can make big money during the winter meet because most of the top talent either have winter off or are racing in Florida)

        Slow/sore animals are over-raced and thus break down.

        It will sadly probably take a human (jockey) death for them to change the Aqueduct problem.

        Does not happen at Belmont/Saratoga when the quality increases.
        "you are one sharp son of a bitch" - Yzerman #19 (11/15/2005)

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