If racing ever gets a czar, please don’t ever let it be Todd Schrupp. What an idiot! Understand I don’t get TVG, have never seen TVG, and so I have no idea how this guy performs on-air. However, on the Bloodhorse.com’s Talkin’ Horse today, when asked what his first three decrees would be if named “racing czar”, his response?
1. new tax code for horseplayers
2. national race schedule
3. a major race named after a prominent horseplayer
Since only the federal government has the power to set taxes, there is not one damn thing a czar can accomplish in that regard, other than lobbying and do you really think there will be any sympathy among those most vocal and political Americans with a puritanical disdain for gambling? Besides, is this really one of the most pressing needs of racing now?
I agree with a national race schedule, as there is no excuse for races—particularly major races—having the same post time, forcing viewers to watch one at the expense of the other. But a racing czar should go beyond this, in my view. I’d like to see an overseer limit race meets and stagger them so horses move from track to track during the year, and don’t race at, for example, Philadelphia Park 12 months of the year. Less races with larger fields at limited meets = better racing for fans and bettors.
However, naming a major race after a prominent horseplayer is just the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. The Andy Beyer Handicap?!? Give me a break! I have no problem with horseplayers—I’ve even become one myself in the past three years. But I was a horseracing FAN first, just enjoying watching the pure spectacle of equine speed and power running against one another. I didn’t need to fret over fractions or create speed figures to appreciate the sport—I just needed fantastic animals to watch. They, along with their jockeys and trainers, are the true stars of the show, not pencil-pushing degenerates.
Talk about a lack of vision.
Bring on Randy Moss as a voice of reason with serious and appropriate priorities for the sport.