Rees: ESPN anchor out of bounds with Rapid Redux comment
A comment made by ESPN Sportscenter anchor Stan Verrett has stirred an angry reaction in the Thoroughbred racing community. Rapid Redux was featured in ESPN’s top 10 Tuesday after the five-year-old tied the modern-era record for most wins in a calendar year. His victory at Laurel Park checked in at number 10.
But at the end of the brief mention, Verrett said this about it possibly being Redux’s final race: “So you know, if it’s a horse’s last race, that means only one of two things: Either it’s going to retire to stud or, well, you know…”
The comment prompted a fiery reaction on the Internet including this from Louisville Courier-Journal turf writer Jennie Rees:
“Surely many people will think I’m too sensitive. But for anyone who loves horses and horse racing, and who every day sees the extensive efforts to find good and dignified homes when these equine athletes are through racing – behind-the-scenes efforts that never will make SportsCenter – it was just a tacky, over-the-top comment that showed a decided lack of any knowledge about or interest in horse racing.”
“It would be like me saying that when pro football players are through competing, one of two things happen: they either suffer the effects of brain trauma or work for ESPN – or both.”