It is, I recognize, a little late for a Christmas list…but I hope not too late for racing Santa take a look and maybe, just maybe, make my Christmas wishes come true.
I think that I’ve been a pretty good girl this year; oh, yes, there have been some naughty moments, but surely, far more nice ones? Surely, Santa won’t see fit to put coal in my racing stocking this year.
So, Santa, if you’re not too busy packing your sleigh and if you’ve got room in there for a few more packages, here’s what I’d like for Christmas this year:
— For every racehorse to be guaranteed a safe, productive life when its racing days are over.
— For every backstretch worker to have access to adequate housing, pay, and medical care.
— For all of the parties interested in making policy about Lasix – the Jockey Club, the American Graded Stakes Committee, the Breeders’ Cup, trainers, owners, and breeders – to sit down and talk TO each other, instead of AT each other, and to work together to create thoughtful, humane policy, instead of strident, self-interested declarations.
— For racing to figure out how to be profitable without relying on slot machines for revenue.
— For more people to realize what a great game racing is and to come to the track to see for themselves.
— For the great stories of racing’s past to continue to be told.
— For all of them, humans and horses, to come home safely, every time.
It’s not too much to ask, is it, Racing Santa?
And what would you like to find under your racing tree this Christmas?