ESPN's Bob Ehalt is grateful that spring has finally arrived, not only for the change of scenery at Aqueduct where racing has moved from the winterized inner track to the main track, but because it brings with it a hope that some normalcy may return to the sport.
It has been a harsh winter at the New York track, with 20 fatalities in less than four months of racing over the inner track. Hope now rests in part with a newly formed task force that will undertake an all-encompassing analysis in an attempt to determine if there is a definitive cause for the increase in the number of catastrophic breakdowns.
“The task force's findings will be made public, adding some transparency to the process and giving off more hope that something beneficial might ultimately arise from as dark a winter as NYRA has ever endured,” writes Ehalt.
“Spring, what took you so long to get here?”
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