Well the outside world views it as amateur, hokey and at times cringe worthy. A bunch of my boyfriend's friends were over when I had a broadcast on a few weeks ago and they said it was completely cringe worthy to watch. My generation will have a hard time looking past the exploration of immigrant labor and that most big name owners are deplorable. Yay, let's cheer for Al Shaqab! I'm not 19 anymore, these issues are real and racing is microcosm of everything I currently find infuriating about America. I can't just root for a pretty horse while ignoring the political connotations of so much of it.Vandalay wrote: ↑Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:40 amhe CHRB is a prime example of why racing has an image problem, the people running the show have conflicts of interest. Not just in California, but all over the country. In my years as an owner, I can say without a doubt, thoroughbred racing is an insular, political world, and it doesn't want any outsiders sticking their noses in. As an old trainer once told me, "It aint a sport anymore, it's a racket"
Racing should run itself into the ground as it sees fit, because the rest of the world doesn't even acknowledge it exists. My sister, bless her, has gone to tons of races with me and watches tons of broadcasts. She's always said it was a sport too busy licking its own ass it would never be able to see what a joke everyone thinks it is.
Sadly now the fans are starting to see it too.