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It is a MAJOR sporting event,equal to any other because 100,000 plus pay to put there butts in the seats at Churchill== AND SPEND huge bucks for the occasion. Here ,you cannot even get Radio sports shows to talk about it.One reason is the hosts KNOW NOTHING about the subject or the equine participants vying for the chance to run.Anyone else get frustrated by these people? They even claim it is not a sport?
I doubt that the media is putting effort into minimizing racing. I agree 100% with you that most are clueless about racing. It's hard to pay attention or give space to a sport that you are in the dark about. With no knowledge about it they are afraid of looking like fools in discussing it. How do you talk about something that you don't undertand anything about and you don't know the vocabulary?
Another point to consider is how many states don't even have racetrack. Or have only one or two, that most people would not travel to get to. There are people out there who love racing but aren't into the gambling aspect (yes, it's true!). They have no access to racing other than TV, if they have satellite TV or if a major network deigns to broadcast a race or two. And how often does that happen? So how do they get their racing fix?
Racing isn't like football or baseball or basketball - those appeal to the masses because they either played in school, their kids play, and they can (usually) watch live games take place right in their own home towns. They understand those sports. They get into them. So does the media.
Then there are the gamblers who have no need for the media, they go online to wager or they go to Vegas or Atlantic City - they don't much care that they aren't at a track and aren't getting anything from the media. I'm not talking about bettors who have easy access to a good track.
I can't put the blame on the media at large. The horseracing media that we do have, those who understand and enjoy racing, is all over it, all of the time.
"And Afleet Alex just ran right by Giacomo like he was standing still!"
Tom Durkin, 2005 Belmont Stakes
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