I noticed not a single word in the Times this week about the Wood Memorial, New York's main contribution to Derby fever, and, by far, the highlight of the spring racing season here (not that that's saying much). But ah, a story about neglected thoroughbreds sold for slaughter, complete with a disturbing photo and grisly details about puncture wounds and lice....and it's on the front page of the sports section. I'm not sure what Joe Drape and the Times see their role or function as, and I'm not saying that they have any obligation whatsoever to serve as publicists for the sport. On the contrary, a newspaper should report all of the news, whether positive or negative. But when it comes to racing, the New York Times is "All the Bad News That's Fit to Print Even If We Can't Find Any Space For the Good."