- I was going to make a snarky remark this afternoon about the fact that the NTRA website made no mention whatsoever of Eight Belles. However, CEO Alex Waldrop now has a blog entry featured on the front page. I think that, to his credit, he raises all of the right questions. Unfortunately, he doesn't answer any of them. But it's a start, anyway. I'm not going to reprint any of it here; please just check it out, and leave him a comment and tell him what you think.
- Here's a view from the other side of the pond:
If any good comes from the very public demise of Eight Belles, who broke both forelegs as she was pulling up after her gallant effort against the colts, it is that it may be another nail in the coffin of dirt tracks, increasingly seen as an unnatural anachronism. She is the third high-profile performer to suffer a fatal injury at a top US track in the past year, after Barbaro in the Preakness and George Washington in the Breeders' Cup Classic. And the less brutal synthetic surfaces that are replacing dirt (and may ultimately negate the US's culture of drug-dependency for its equine athletes) have the vote of confidence of a first Breeders' Cup meet this year, the 25th in the series, at Santa Anita in October. [Independent UK]- Churchill Downs stock, which was down last week after the shares were downgraded by an analyst concerned about the ADW dispute, was further battered on Monday.
Steven Wieczynski, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co., said the Kentucky Derby was likely to be overshadowed by the horse's death.The stock was down 5% to $45.84.
"We believe horse racing in general will receive a magnitude of negative press from this incident," he wrote in a client note. [AP]