As an indication of how far the profession of turf writing has fallen, an article in Southern Utah's the Desert Valley Times by Duke Hunt talks about the future of Rachel and Zenyatta. It's a rather innocuous article talking about their dominance this weekend and how they are the real stars of the sport this year. We've read many pieces like this throughout 2010.
But one line stuck out. “My guess is if they don't go in the Haskell Invitational they'll cross paths at historic Saratoga.” Did we miss something? In all of the changes at Monmouth this year, did the powers that be also loosen the age restriction for the Haskell? Clearly not. And while we don't want to denigrate the writer of this column (after all, Southern Utah is not exactly a hotbed of Thoroughbred racing) there should be a little more attention paid to the basic facts on the ground.
Joe Hirsch must be rolling in his grave.
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