- I've been seeing Steve Cauthen's name the last couple of days; as the rider of Affirmed, he generally comes up once the hopes of a Triple Crown are quashed. (And by the way, given the heroic way that Curlin and Street Sense both ran just two weeks after the Derby, can we please have a moratorium on the calls to stretch the series out?)
But now, here's Cauthen again. Bloodhorse.com reports that the one-time "Kid" has joined the Capital Play team. The announcement came at a press conference where the company discussed ideas to promote the Belmont in non-Triple Crown years.
“In Australia, for example, when the Melbourne Cup is coming up, you cannot get flights to Melbourne--they’re booked months out,” O’ Farrell said. “The cooperation there between the racing industry and the tourism industry is something we can learn from, the way they work together to generate excitement around racing events.”But the Melbourne Cup is the Derby of Australia - and then some. It's a Public Holiday for Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs! So once again I think the company is being unrealistic in expecting that their experience in Australia would necessarily apply here.