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Does Horse Racing Need a Reformation?


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.

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