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I'm on my lunch hour so could only skim the article and did not read all the forum comments; however, from what I've read, a permanent BC site sounds like a very bad idea.
What about horses who are mostly successful on synthetics?
And although many Americans may like this, having a venue without a synthetic track year after year, will eliminate many European runners who would come over, as they have over the past two years, to run in the event's biggest race.
Does anyone really want the thing run in Kentucky every year when the weather could be a factor?
PW made a good comment about spreading the event around and I'm all for this, especially since more people will be able to attend than perhaps normally could if it's held at the same site every year. If this is North America's single biggest day of racing, and truly international in scope, we need to share this event with as many folks as possible, including having it, when feasible, in Canada, assuming the people up there want it.
The caveat with spreading the BC around--the ideal scenario--is that there are many tracks now which to my understanding, either don't want it or cannot accomadate it. Even if only a few venues are willing and able to host it, keep it rotating at least in those places. Certainly Southern California, and a few of the East tracks like Belmont Park and Monmouth --hopefully if and when it's ever held in Monmouth again, weather will be better-- in addition to Churchill Downs.\
I suppose countries like England (Royal Ascot) can have their events and festivals at the same place each year; however, racing in the U.S., has a need for broader awareness and a wider spectrum of the population to take interest, and bringing the Breeders' Cup to as many places as possible, seems to me the way to go over here.
Definitely a much fairer surface for the rest of the world..safer too.
If ya'll think Europe will send their top turf horses to run on that sealed concrete at CD during the October and November rains, I got some swamp land in Florida to sell ya..
CD surface safer then any synthetic track...anywhere..please. They wont run on em the dirt cause they are turf hosses.
I would be a vegetarian if BACON grew on trees
Big surprise that Steven Christ came out in support of having the BC at Churchill on a permanent bassis. http://cristblog.drf.com/crist/
Why am I not surprised. Why don't we just close down all of the other tracks and only race in Kentucky and New York? Last time they had it there is was a very biased track after the rains. Who really wants to go East in Oct/Nov?
Maybe Santa Anita will cave and put some dirt in, I would think that would seal the deal as for a permanent BC location. You would be almost guarenteed of sun and warm weather 19 of of every twenty years.
Avatar - Lords Table winning the Bull Rastus Handicap at Los Al, 9/9/05, Russel Hadley up.
I like the rotation..irregardless of the weather...I am for fair race surfaces ..it is not by accident that poly horses win on poly and dirt horses win on dirt...until someone decides on one surface or another ...then I believe in rotation for me it would be woodbine,and belmont...great turf courses and dirt or poly conducive for large fields
I don't believe there is much truth in that..
Depending on their racing locale, most thoroughbred horses will adapt to differing surfaces and conditions. Both Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta moved from dirt to synthetic and synthetic to dirt without issue.. I would also cite the results from this latest year. . In the 2009 Kentucky Derby, I Want Revenge who did almost all of his early training and racing on synthetics shipped East for two dominant wins on dirt. He was almost certainly the favorite for the Derby - if not for injury. In addition, Pioneer of the Nile, who trained and raced wholly on synthetic ran second on dirt in his first try.. in the Kentucky Derby, no less. Papa Clem who did all of his early training on synthetic shipped East and won the Arksansas Derby prepping for the Derby in his first try over dirt, then ran a good fourth in the Derby. Chocolate Candy ran a creditable 5th in the Derby in his first over dirt... So, from our moderate group of 3 year olds, who trained and raced almost entirely over synthetics, we had the favorite for the Derby, the 2nd place finisher, as well as the 4th and 5th place finishers. And to top it off, the winner of the Derby, Mine that Bird, had 4 wins over the synthetics in Canada.
Obviously, all of those 3 year olds mentioned above can handle both synthetics and dirt while maintaining their high class.
Also, I'm here to tell you that Looking at Lucky who will probably be voted champion 2 year old colt is a serious colt. Anybody who thinks that guy won't be showing up for the dirt races and displaying his athletic prowess doesn't really recognize racing class. IMO, he won't be bothered in the least when he steps on a dirt track.
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