As time goes on, the fan base of horse racing gets older and smaller. It is hard to compete with the big name sports because there are no rivalries or a major governing body. Without the latter, there will be controversy over rulings and trouble getting the sport together. But in order to achieve a fan base that follows the sport, rivalries will need to be formed. That’s right, I want a “Yankees-Red Sox”-esque rivalry in horse racing. The first step is creating divisions. I created my own stakes divisions for horses with mandated races for them to race in.
The rules are simple:
- In all divisions (except juvenile ranks) a horse must race in 5 of the 6 races (Triple Crown/Tiara/Challenge are grouped as one, race in one race to qualify) to make the Breeders Cup.
- Most divisions have a specific Breeders Cup race, others are left to choice.
- Any horses injured during the year that could not meet the race requirements only had to race is one less then the amount of races they were uninjured for (1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, etc.).
- Also, winning 2/3 races in the Triple Crown/Tiara/Challenge series automatically qualifies for the Breeders Cup.
The selected races are shown in the image below [click on image to enlarge]. Although this is farfected, it could help bring in fans that watch and follow the sport. Hopefully one day something like this could happen.