Following a trip to the Breeders' Cup for NBC, six-time British racing broadcaster of the year Nick Luck laid out 10 reasons that he has not given up on American horse racing's future at the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, tossing aside the notion that Thoroughbred spot in the United States is on its last legs. Luck's list includes the following:
- Eight of the top 20 horses in the Longines rankings are U.S.-trained, more than ever before
- Several top connections seem interested in racing their horses beyond their 3-year-old campaigns
- Tepin's win at Royal Ascot was a sincere boost to American racing esteem on an international basis
- Grass racing is earning a place of prominence in the United States, especially among top trainers
- Top dirt horses seem to be developing stamina as well as speed (i.e., American Pharoah, Arrogate)
- Pegasus World Cup concept that has definitely gotten people talking
- Premier race-day attendance has been at record highs all year
- Equine fatalities on the track continue to decrease with welfare improvements
- Despite rejecting synthetic racing surfaces, tracks are pushing for safer dirt surfaces
- A “clear awareness” of the discord between racing jurisdictions on drug-testing
“There remains a clear awareness of the damage wrought by a disunited policy,” explains Luck, referring to the tenth point on his list and using as evidence an opinion written by Jockey Club COO James Gagliano about drug-testing in American racing last month. “If (Gagliano's) mindset becomes prevailing wisdom, my cautious optimism for the future of American racing would become boundless.”
Read more at the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.
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