New York racing at crossroads
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The air rushes from the Spa's balloon suddenly and this year with the distinct sound of both finality and relief. Even the acquisition of the Travers canoe by Mike Repole, inventor of vitamin enriched water and enthusiastic owner of racehorses, met with resigned disinterest on Sunday when it was removed from the infield pond for transport to a swimming pool on Long Island. Sunday mornings after the Travers Stakes have for more than 50 years dawned on the canoe painted in the winner's colors but, even with the problems posed by a dead heat in the 143rd Travers, tradition is impossible to besmirch when so few traditionalists remain and are so vastly outnumbered by the unaware.
If a nation can function with one vice president, so can NYRA.
Expecting New York government to act in the best interest of racing and breeding is, however, on a plane with belief in leprechauns and this is tragic.