Preakness telecast aftermath: no sweat

by | 05.29.2011 | 6:41am

Despite the criticism NBC analysts Donna Brothers and Gary Stevens have received, Steve Haskin believes their pre-race analysis regarding the physical condition of the horses was correct.

“Brothers and Stevens are indeed experts and know how to look at a horse as well as anyone. They are getting paid to provide viewers with their observations and that's all they did. They both observed Shackleford sweating and kicking and bucking in the saddling area. Well, guess what again? He WAS sweating and kicking and bucking, and it was not exactly earth-shattering news anyway considering everyone watching the telecast could see it clearly.”

The experts share their observations but it's up to the viewers to process the information.

  • Bob Hope

    To add clarity to the article and relative comments some tracks and training centers in Europe and Asia to have scales on which to weigh horses.
    Woodbine installed scales in the 1960’s but abandoned plans to include the weight of horses in the daily program. (while not as important as in boxers, chickens and greyhounds, the knowledge of the weight of horses is a good training practice and is an advantage taken by “good” trainers when practical)

  • Bob Hope

    To add clarity to the article and relative comments some tracks and training centers in Europe and Asia to have scales on which to weigh horses.
    Woodbine installed scales in the 1960’s but abandoned plans to include the weight of horses in the daily program. (while not as important as in boxers, chickens and greyhounds, the knowledge of the weight of horses is a good training practice and is an advantage taken by “good” trainers when practical)

  • FourCats

    This is an example where more information presented to the fans was actually misleading. More information by itself does not provide either more knowledge or more wisdom. To understand how such information will help or hinder a horse in a race, the fan also needs the appropriate level of background knowledge and context (which obviously those fans that thought they were cheated did not have).

  • Rachel

    Good grief…they were commentating on the obvious. Unbelievable that this is an issue…oh,well, duct tape all the way around for commentators and jockeys. Stupid

  • BuckyinKentucky

    Shame on NBC for cutting away to Costas and some ridiculous blabbering while they should have shown Team Magna presenting the bonus to the Shackelford camp.

    Handing off over $500,000.00 will create quite a buzz and maybe get some fresh faces interested.

    One has to wonder why they didn’t find that part worthy?

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