“As president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, a group that represents exactly what the name suggests, [Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt] has some heartfelt words of warning and advice for the Establishment of racing, not just in his own New York state but through the rest of the country as well.
The major points in Vanderbilt’s immediate bill of particulars are:
1) Thoroughbred racing is now much too concerned with the betting dollar.
2) Management is not putting on a good show for customers.
3) The heavy emphasis on sprints and claiming races overvalues the cheap horse and discourages the breeding and training of classic Thoroughbreds.
4) The officiating at racetracks is uneven, sometimes uninformed and occasionally unfair.”
“Vanderbilt Vs. Racing’s Establishment,” Alfred Wright, Sports Illustrated, August 12, 1963.
Plus ça change…