As a horse owner, breeder, trainer, jockey, groom, or horse racing fan you are a stakeholder in the industry we all love.
As stakeholders, we have many things in common.
We love the sites, sounds, and smells of the racetracks and horse farms.
We love talking about racing with the people we work with and the people we meet during a day at the track, and above all, we love the magnificent horses that give us such immeasurable pleasure. Winston Churchill summed it up best when he said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
We are, by nature, an optimistic group. Anyone who has known the thrill of victory has also experienced numerous defeats along the way. Horse racing is a game of highs and lows, victories and defeats. Our passion for the game drives us forward, keeps us focused on the next victory, and helps us forget the many obstacles we overcame on our way to the winner’s circle.
We are all aware of the trouble our industry faces. We can all recite the laundry list of negative statistics that point to our imminent demise. We’ve been told that our best days are behind us and that we can no longer compete.
I disagree. So does the trainer with a 2yo working bullets in the morning, and the breeder who just looked at the most beautiful foal she’s ever seen, and so does the horseplayer who just hit the $268,000 superfecta in the Regret Stakes on Saturday.
We are blessed with an industry that can appeal to children and adults, the rich and the poor, and people from every culture in the world. We just need to do a better job of sharing our sport with those who have never been exposed to its beauty, thrills, and excitement.
We all have ideas about how to bring our game back to the forefront of sports and entertainment, and I invite you to share your ideas with me at Racingfuture.com
.com. In the coming weeks and months we will be exploring ideas about how to grow and revive our sport, and then we will work to turn those ideas into action and results.
I am sponsoring an idea contest on the Racingfuture.com
.com website and offering half ownership in one of my 2010 foals as a prize to the winner. I hope to hear ideas from people who represent every segment of our industry, and from people who may not have had a chance to have their voices heard in the past.
We have the power, passion, and ability to make the changes that need to made. Please join me in making this happen.