Following a terrific weekend of racing, we get this:
#EastCoastHorseRacingIndustry cheated greatest race mare in history outta #HOY. She shd run where she is loved.
Racing tweeps jumped the proverbial shark this weekend. We’re all now just a non-stop cliche squaking cliche box. Ish is faded. Break time.
“What is it? Everybody’s afraid to beat (Todd) Pletcher?” Ryan asked of Quality Road’s trainer. “They’re afraid they’ll never ride for him again. I can’t believe it. Instead of running a proper race, they’re sucking (up) to Pletcher.”
I’d kind of like to weigh in on the “Quality Road isn’t the horse we thought he was” discussion. And maybe on the “Rachel Alexander SO didn’t deserve HOTY” discussion. I think that I would likely stay out of the “sucking up to Todd Pletcher” discussion.
But really, most of my distress is spent these days on the Daily Racing Form site, and I’m not sure that I have any left to spare on the deplorable state of racing as evidenced by last weekend’s performances.
Oh, DRF! Where are your tweets? Why am I no longer getting tweets from @drfinsidepost, so that I know when Mike Welsch is posting from Calder and when Dave Litfin is posting from Saratoga? (Wait–why isn’t Mike Welsch tweeting from Calder anymore? Can I blame that on the new site, too?)
Why isn’t the DRF posting links on Twitter when new stories go up, so that maybe I can actually FIND the news for which I search in vain on the new site?
I LOVE that Steve Crist’s blog now offers the option to read comments in “most recent” or “oldest” first format…but when I choose “oldest first”…it just refreshes with the most recent comment on top. I am sad.
So, I’m going to leave it to the others to duke it out over whether the other jockeys and trainers in the race really wanted Todd Pletcher to win, or whether Quality Road is just another mediocre handicap horse, or whether those of us who happen to live on the East Coast really did, in one fell, well-orchestrated, conspiratorial swoop create the greatest injustice in racing history.
Me, I’m just going to try to find David Grening’s article on the best fillies since 1960. Wish me luck.