Sparkman: Medication summit less than inspiring

by | 06.17.2011 | 7:52am

John Sparkman, bloodstock editor of Thoroughbred Times, is left “somewhat less than inspired and hopeful” by the reports coming from the recently completed Internation Summit on Race Day Medication at Belmont Park, where the main achievement was an agreement to have another meeting.
But hope may lie in the fact that the definition of “bleeding” was brought out into the open – a definition that varies in the United States from international racing jurisdictions. Sparkman suggests that American racing will have to adjust its viewpoint if it wants to survive.
“Even if we agree that American conditions are different from foreign conditions—and they are—in the long run it does not matter. Globalization is here in Thoroughbred racing, and it has been here for about 15 years.
“Our choice is either to retreat from the global village and die a long, painful death, or to embrace it and compete on even terms.”

John Sparkman, bloodstock editor of Thoroughbred Times, is left “somewhat less than inspired and hopeful” by the reports coming from the recently completed Internation Summit on Race Day Medication at Belmont Park, where the main achievement was an agreement to have another meeting.

But hope may lie in the fact that the definition of “bleeding” was brought out into the open – a definition that varies in the United States from international racing jurisdictions. Sparkman suggests that American racing will have to adjust its viewpoint if it wants to survive.

“Even if we agree that American conditions are different from foreign conditions—and they are—in the long run it does not matter. Globalization is here in Thoroughbred racing, and it has been here for about 15 years.

“Our choice is either to retreat from the global village and die a long, painful death, or to embrace it and compete on even terms.”

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