Texans owner eyes Travers win
Bob McNair understands all about big games. As the owner of the vastly improved Houston Texans, he knows there will be two or three such events that will make or break his team's season, that will decide whether the Texans are great or just pretty good.
In The Gate Podcast
Trainer Chad Brown discusses his Travers Stakes hopeful, Street Life. Bill Finley breaks down the race, plus a Barry Abrams commentary.
“He can't understand why racing penalizes its best horses by putting extra weight on them in handicap races. "In the NFL we try to create stars," he said. "We don't handicap our stars. In horse racing we handicap our stars. We put more weight on our best horses to slow them down and as a result of that they don't win as many races and as a result of that they're not as big a star. As a result of that there's not as much fan interest. But it's being done to satisfy the gaming interests. The emphasis is on the wrong place. Do away with handicap races, especially if it's a graded stakes race." Street Life probably doesn't have what it takes to be a major star. But he appears to be a horse whose best days are ahead of him. After finishing fourth in the Belmont Stakes, he came back to win the Curlin Stakes and won't need to improve much to win the Travers. For an owner with just seven horses, and only four racing in the U.S., that would be quite an accomplishment. But McNair says he's not interested in getting back into racing on a large scale. He's happy having an NFL team and a handful of horses. Both provide him with plenty of excitement, particularly in these big games.
In the NFL we try to create stars, we don't handicap our stars.” -- Owner Bob McNair
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