Golden age of racing - dies a little

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by jake_fink, May 14, 2008.

  1. jake_fink

    jake_fink Call Me a Cab

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    Has this been posted already? Terrible news for me, since I'm a racing nut and I've never been.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/news/story?id=3393396

    Here's Seabiscuit entering history at Bay Meadows:

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    Here is the airport that was there beofre the track:
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  2. dhermann1

    dhermann1 I'll Lock Up

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    It's kind of sad. In 1920 the three most popular sports by far were boxing, baseball and horse racing. All others were way behind. Now boxing and the horses are way down the list. I enjoy watching both, but I'm very ambivalent about them as well. You really have to see both of them as blood sports. This recent tragedy at the Derby brings it home even more. The one difference between boxing and horse racing is that at least human boxers know what they're getting into when they step in the ring. Horses just go where they're led. My grandfather (that's him in my avatar, cool, huh?) was a jockey, and I grew up watching and cheering for the horse moving up on the pack. But I'm starting to lean towards the opinion that there's something not quite right about it.
     
  3. panamag8or

    panamag8or Practically Family

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    I felt this way when Hialeah closed down.
     
  4. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    With the proliferation of legalized casino gambling across America has come the realization that the majority of former horse players were in it for the action, not the sport. [huh]
     
  5. kpreed

    kpreed Guest

    I worked in Foster City and drove by the track almost every day. I find it so sad
    so much is changing, but that is why I moved too.
     

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