Brooklyn Backstretch blogger Teresa Genaro was among the many horse racing fans who watched Sunday's pilot episode for the new HBO dramatic series Luck. After reading some of the disappointed reactions to the show, Genaro wonders why racing supporters tend to “grasp” at each new TV or movie production as if it might help turn things around for the sport:
“Does this happen in other industries? Does law enforcement hope that Law and Order, CSI, and Without A Trace will depict their professions positively? Do doctors want ER and Grey's Anatomy to make patients feel better about getting medical care?”
“I don't understand the desire to put the burden of publicizing racing on television producers, on networks, and on authors. It's not their job; if it were, they'd be in PR instead of the creative arts.”
“Just as we decry the reliance on slots money to fund our purses, we should decry the reliance on others to fill the seats. As we've seen after each Big Media Event, the attendance and handle needles don't move very much. I don't expect that luck to change.”
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