Many of my fellow bloggers are bemoaning the lack of interesting racing news out there as we head towards the inner track season…but I guess I am more easily engaged than they (and I mean that as a compliment to them), as I am having a hard time writing posts short enough to publish. A few post-Thanksgiving tidbits on which to nibble:
Last week I wrote about the feature on Karakorum racing in the New York Times; National Public Radio picked it up over the weekend, interviewing a Karakorum owner on Weekend Edition Saturday. I can’t say that the woman interviewed is the most racing-savvy I’ve ever heard (then again, she was dead-on in her analysis of Midnight Lute), but given the way that horseplayers are being portrayed these days, I’ll take any positive depictions we can get.
Received in my e-mail inbox today my newsletter from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation; highlighted is Barclay Tagg’s enrollment in the TRF’s Pony-Up Program, in which participants donate a set amount of money for each of their winners. Tagg will donate $50 for each winner he saddles; the list of participants consists of Gary Contessa, Jimmy Jerkens, Lisa Lewis, Kiaran McLaughlin, Ken McPeek, Graham Motion, Chuck Simon, Todd Pletcher, William Entenmann, Howie Tesher, Tom Albertrani, John and Susan Moore and Brent Johnson. As if most of these trainers don’t already provide us with enough reasons to root for their horses, here’s another.
Browsing the NYRA website this evening (OK, so maybe things ARE a little slow), I stumbled across an invitation, from Jan Rushton, to a brunch benefiting BEST (Backstretch Employees Service Team); the theme is “Behind the Scenes: Women in Horseracing.” The event takes place at Aqueduct this Sunday, December 2nd, and will feature the documentary “Women in American Horse Racing,” followed by a discussion in which Jan and “other special women in the racing industry” will discuss their experiences. Might be worth a look…