A cornucopia of interesting racing articles I encountered on Friday:
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch awards Jeannine Awards for her Breeders’ Cup coverage with the #1 spot in his media power rankings. Referring to her work as “polished” and “expert,” Deitsch compares Edwards favorably to other sideline reporters. While I think that Edwards does a good job and has a nice way of connecting with most of her interviewees (but not all—the outtake of her interview last year when Invasor bit her and she slapped his nose is one of my favorite clips ever), Deitsch damns her with faint praise by favorably comparing her to other sidelines reporters, most of whom are female and most of whom are dopes.
The conversations about George Washington continue…Paul Moran in his At The Races blog comes out definitively in favor of dirt racing. He squarely takes on Irish trainer Jim Bolger, who, in the wake of the Classic, called for all future Breeders’ Cups to be run on synthetic surfaces (Polytrack specifically). He also mentions Michael Dickinson, who seconded Bolger’s recommendation, though, as the developer of Tapeta, which Moran pointedly notes, I’m sure that Dickinson would prefer that all future BC’s are raced on his surface. Moran’s tone is a little strident for my taste, but I admire him for espousing this point of view at a time when being a dirt advocate can get all kinds of mud flung at you.
And in other track surface news, Thoroughbred Times reports on the rise of catastrophic injuries at Keeneland during this fall’s meet. I hope that the tracks where synthetic surfaces are installed and independent groups will continue to study the effects of synthetics, so that informed decisions about the installation of synthetics can be made going forward.
More later today on the discussion in Saratoga on Thursday about the immediate future of racing in New York.