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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by GR8NESS View Post
    Yeah, the fact that this is my home track doesn't hurt my racing interests...





    Great pics, but I'm partial to the middle one.

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by GR8NESS View Post
    As for the Derby, Prospective may not be a bad show bet or a "fun" $2 win bet...but that's it. I can't see him doing anything...6th in the Bluegrass?

    I kind of like Take Charge Indy. PS -- Calvin Borel.

    Gemologist is the favorite, IMO. 2 for 2 at Churchill + the Wood Memorial? Can't deny that.
    Agreed on Prospective. He is a 2nd tier horse at best. Gemologist is the "wise guy" horse because of the reasons you mentioned. He is bred to get 1 1/4 as his Daddy Tiznow won the Breeders Cup Classic, also at 1 1/4 miles, 2 years in a row.

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by GR8NESS View Post
    Makes me sad, really. Outside of Keeneland, Saratoga, Del Mar, the Breeder's Cup, and the Triple Crown...the sport just doesn't get attention and isn't well attended.
    The unwillingness to incorporate Technology is killing Horse Racing. Keeneland is trying new things, but no other race tracks are. To have a person new to horse racing understand the Past Performances of horses is nearly impossible. WAAAAAAAAAY too much information in a confined space. The Past Performances need to be made simpler until they can fully grasp the more complicated concepts.

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by JDThirstyAg View Post
    Sadly, you are correct.

    I still can't figure out why our state legislature will not allow the horse industry to grow here in Texas.

    Whenever someone comes to visit, whether on a business or friendly premise, and they happen to be horse players I'm almost to the point of being embarrassed to take them out to Lone Star Park and will instead offer to go to Louisiana Downs or Hot Springs instead.

    The amount of quality horses that actually run here is just abysmal and all because of the lack of purse money. If someone has a good horse on their hands down here they aren't running here but, are being shipped out of state to have a shot at legitimate purses.

    Its been almost two years since I've actually gone to Lone Star Park for "live" racing as its just no worth it due to the amount of deals brokered back in the barns to help keep folks afloat.

    I actually have to give some credit to the new owners here as they are continually doing as many things to dress up a stale offering with a really good satellite betting parlor that I spend most of my time at.

    The most damaging thing about this is that, if you are 20 and can see already what kind of trouble this sport faces, how much longer can it be financially viable with no new and young horse players to support it?


    ( I hate the f'king timer on this site when trying to compose a sensible post and being kicked off... )
    Any more info on these Lone Star deals? Sounds kinda of shady, yet interesting.

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by Urb Gruber View Post
    The unwillingness to incorporate Technology is killing Horse Racing. Keeneland is trying new things, but no other race tracks are. To have a person new to horse racing understand the Past Performances of horses is nearly impossible. WAAAAAAAAAY too much information in a confined space. The Past Performances need to be made simpler until they can fully grasp the more complicated concepts.
    Keeneland also has some things going for it in the form of 32,000 college students that love to go get drunk and tailgate there.

    The tailgating scene at Keeneland is equal to or greater than Commonwealth. TS.

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Horse racing kept Owensboro from getting a casino, indoor water park, and multimillion dollar resort hotel, plus millions in compensation from the billionaire who wanted to build it all. The horse racing industry literally chased one of the richest guys in Kentucky out of Owensboro and back to Missouri or wherever the hell he came from.

    So spare me the sob story. Its a ****ing race where no human is really involved- the jockeys are just weight packs and the horses would screw each other in a field without human intervention. Its not a sport.
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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed....last 3 Triple crown winners when I was in school. It would be great if a horse could break strides after 30+ yrs and win it( kind of like in MLB when the fan support backed off when players went on strike in '94 and then in '98 the HR race between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire brought fans back.

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Quote Originally Posted by boxvic View Post
    Horse racing kept Owensboro from getting a casino, indoor water park, and multimillion dollar resort hotel, plus millions in compensation from the billionaire who wanted to build it all.
    Actually, David Williams did that.

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    My Derby bets for those who are curious

    $2 Across the Board on #3
    $2 Win #15
    $2 Exacta Box 15-3

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    Re: Horse Racing: A Dying Sport

    Horse Racing is my favorite sports. I never miss any Horse Racing game live on television. But now a days this sports not as popular as it should be.

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