As horse racing fans, you gotta love the new Pope and I think he will be great for the game.
Before being cynical, follow me here.
Fr. Jorge Bergoglio (Italian, though born and raised in Argentina) took the name Francis - after the great St. Francis of Assisi for his Pope name.
And as many of youz know St. Francis ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi) was a HUGE animal lover, especially thoroughbreds.
"As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice something odd.
A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.
This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures."
I also believe he is a big fan of that crazy race in Sienna too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palio_di_Siena
And from what I've read, the new Pope is a simple man who loves helping the poor out, per his past performances.
All in all, Francis was a great choice for Pope and horse racing will be one of the beneficiaries.
Am I making any sense?