Opinion: Make The Jim Dandy ‘A Good Old-Fashioned Match Race’

by | 07.25.2017 | 5:37pm
Always Dreaming (left) and Cloud Computing. Photos by Dana Wimpfeimer and Eric Kalet

Though a small field is already expected for Saturday's G2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga, Michael Spector of racingdudes.com suggests taking the contest one step further: why not make the Jim Dandy “a good old-fashioned match race” between Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness victor Cloud Computing?

Spector admits that certain logistical problems likely stand in the way of making this match race a reality. First, a two-horse field does not drive wagering handle; second, the graded stakes system may take issue with a match race in graded stakes events.

“In a game always looking for a new promotional angle, why not rely on one as old as the sport itself?” asks Spector. “There may be nothing more compelling nor a better way to prove who's better than pitting two great horses against one another. A match race is a showdown and helps build rivalries. If promoted correctly, it would grab the attention of the media and public.”

Read more at racingdudes.com.

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