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Will American Pharaoh Winning The Triple Crown Help Horse Racing?

With American Pharaoh winning the Triple Crown, the country is excited about horse racing. Will the exciting win help improve the popularity of the sport?

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Will American Pharaoh Winning The Triple Crown Help Horse Racing?  

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last 24 hours | triblive
American Pharoah can deliver boost to horse racing with Belmont win
"...There is no doubt of the immediate impact on horse racing if American Pharoah can end a Triple Crown drought dating to Affirmed in 1978. A strong belief resides within the industry that it would provide a needed boost to the sport. The sense is the positive impact would help reverse a decades-long slide in horse racing's popularity and ease some of the issues facing the sport of kings.   I think it would be great for racing, said Steve Cauthen, 55, who rode Affirmed. That's what racing needs. ..." see full article


887 days ago |

"...Frankly, it's a wonder that horse racing has lasted this long. Idealists would point to the sport's long history in this country and to the unique place horses occupy in the American consciousness. But save for a few big races each year that are ultimately more cultural events and excuses to drink than marquee athletic showcases, the sport has been on a steady decline. And despite its blue-blood reputation, the "sport of kings" is really just the sport of vice, kept afloat by a system of gambling and doping that amounts to institutionalized animal abuse...." see full article


887 days ago |

"...Frankly, it's a wonder that horse racing has lasted this long. Idealists would point to the sport's long history in this country and to the unique place horses occupy in the American consciousness. But save for a few big races each year that are ultimately more cultural events and excuses to drink than marquee athletic showcases, the sport has been on a steady decline. And despite its blue-blood reputation, the "sport of kings" is really just the sport of vice, kept afloat by a system of gambling and doping that amounts to institutionalized animal abuse...." see full article


887 days ago | chicagotribune
Hurray, American Pharoah! Now, let's end horse racing.

"...Frankly, it's a wonder that horse racing has lasted this long. Idealists would point to the sport's long history in this country and to the unique place horses occupy in the American consciousness. But save for a few big races each year that are ultimately more cultural events and excuses to drink than marquee athletic showcases, the sport has been on a steady decline. And despite its blue-blood reputation, the "sport of kings" is really just the sport of vice, kept afloat by a system of gambling and doping that amounts to institutionalized animal abuse.This argument about what's "best" for the horses blatantly overlooks the sport's role in endangering their health in the first place. Lasix is used to treat bleeding in the lungs, a condition called exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage. EIPH is for the most part found only in racing animals, camels and greyhounds as well as horses. There are two theories of what causes EIPH in horses  that is, the mechanism by which hemorrhaging occurs  but as the disease's name would suggest, it's undoubtedly related to abnormally strenuous physical activity. You can debate the benefits of Lasix all you want, but it's clear the best thing for a horse's health would be to keep him off the track...." see full article


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887 days ago | radioboston.wbur
Littlefield On Sports: An End To The Triple Crown Drought And The Future Of ... - WBUR
"...When American Pharoah galloped past the finish line to win the Belmont Stakes last Saturday, he became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years, breaking a drought that some including his owner blamed for part of the decline in race attendance over the last four decades.But even as fans of horse racing hope the win will reignite interest in their sport, some observers are calling for an end to it all together...." see full article


891 days ago | newyorker
Can American Pharoah Save His Troubled Sport? - The New Yorker

"...Perhaps the end of the Triple Crown drought will inspire some more of racing's faithful to spread the gospel of their sport again. Because while there is much to be fixed, horse racing has a number of things going for it. The Kentucky Derby is not only a race; it's an American cultural event, attended by nearly two hundred thousand people every year, watched by tens of millions on television, and celebrated at parties across the country. Like any sport, there's the workaday schedule of the regular season and then there's the games in which the title is on the line. Even though attendance at smaller tracks can be thin, on the marquee days, when the best horses are competing, crowds consistently number in the tens of thousands from Miami to Arkansas to Southern California. On Saturday at Belmont, there were thirteen races in total, nine of which were graded stakes races, with full fields of competitive top-quality horses brought to New York from all over the world. The best thing that horse racing has going for it are the horses themselves...." see full article


893 days ago | economist
Horse racing's Triple Crown - The Economist (blog)
"...Regardless of the cause, American Pharoah's success has put horse racing, now little more than a fringe pastime, back at the centre of the sporting universe. Some 90,000 fans packed into the Belmont racetrack to cheer him on even Bill Clinton was spotted in the VIP tent. If last year's failed Triple Crown bid by California Chrome is any indication, over 20m people probably tuned in on television to watch the race as well. Could the end of the Triple Crown drought help revive the sport's fortunes?Experienced bettors will tell you that any horse with sufficiently juicy odds is worth a punt, but a meaningful comeback still looks like a longshot. Average racing enthusiasts are now in their 50s and getting older, and smaller racetracks have been closing all over America. Even if the Triple Crown events can retain the public's interest, six minutes of action per year does not make for a viable business model. And unlike in other sports that can promote their stars for decades, casual fans who have just discovered American Pharoah will have only a handful of additional opportunities at most to see him run before he retires: given the risk of injury, he will be far more valuable at stud, where he could earn his owners, Zayat Stables, some $100,000 per foal. Today, American Pharoah's Triple Crown looks like the sport's most glorious moment in 40 years. With hindsight, it could wind up being horse racing's swan song...." see full article


893 days ago | bizjournals
Will Triple Crown give horse racing a natural boost? - Louisville Business First
"...His triumph also raises a question about whether a Triple Crown winner can help horse racing's waning popularity.Asher expects a short-term bump as casual fans visit racetracks."It's certainly a positive thing," he said of the attention American Pharoah has placed on the industry. "It's a major subject for folks all across the land."Asher said the onus now will fall on U.S. racetracks to engage these new casual fans by providing experiences that make them want to return. It's an opportunity for the industry, I think, to reinforce that we have a great product, he said...." see full article


894 days ago | baltimoresun
After Triple Crown, horse racing 'in a little bit of awe' of American Pharoah - Baltimore Sun
"...Now that questions of American Pharoah's quality are settled, horse lovers will move on to speculating about his carryover effect on the rest of an industry that has struggled with declines in attendance, breeding activity and mainstream interest in the 37 years since Affirmed won the last Triple Crown.Sal Sinatra, general manager of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, said Saturday was a surreal day that felt like a culmination of his lifetime in the industry."If this horse does run more this year, the sport will definitely benefit," he said. "It was a great day for horse racing and all sports."CAPTION1937: War AdmiralSun photo by Frank A. MillerWar Admiral wins the Preakness in 1937 as part of the Triple Crown.CAPTION1948: CitationAP photoJockey Eddie Arcado rides Citation to victory in the Belmont. Citation won the Triple Crown in 1948.He said he wasn't sure if he'd run any promotions in Maryland specifically playing off the Triple Crown, but said it's possible...." see full article


894 days ago | baltimoresun
After Triple Crown, horse racing 'in a little bit of awe' of American Pharoah - Baltimore Sun
"...Now that questions of American Pharoah's quality are settled, horse lovers will move on to speculating about his carryover effect on the rest of an industry that has struggled with declines in attendance, breeding activity and mainstream interest in the 37 years since Affirmed won the last Triple Crown.Sal Sinatra, general manager of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, said Saturday was a surreal day that felt like a culmination of his lifetime in the industry."If this horse does run more this year, the sport will definitely benefit," he said. "It was a great day for horse racing and all sports."1937: War AdmiralHe said he wasn't sure if he'd run any promotions in Maryland specifically playing off the Triple Crown, but said it's possible...." see full article


895 days ago | bleacherreport
The Biggest Takeaways from the 2015 Triple Crown Season - Bleacher Report
"...There are folks who argue that horse racing is a dying sport. The record-breaking crowds that piled into Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby or stormed Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes would have to disagree.The Kentucky Derby drew a record crowd of 170,513. The Preakness attracted an unprecedented 131,680. A decision was made by the New York Racing Association to cap the attendance at the Belmont Stakes to only 90,000, but had that not been the case, a record would have surely fallen there, too.The excitement at Belmont Park was palpable as the horses loaded into the starting gate. As American Pharoah began to launch his winning bid, the entire structure of Belmont Park's grandstand was literally vibrating with the cheers of fans.This sport is not dead. Not by a long shot...." see full article


895 days ago | newstribune
Press Box: Triple Crown winner knocks horse racing off my interest list - Jefferson City News Tribune
"...The race was plenty thrilling because of its stakes, but I don't think a horse outrunning seven other horses wire-to-wire could keep my attention if the thoroughbred wasn't about to do something that hadn't been done since Grease was in theaters.The irony of it is, the thing that made horse racing worth watching was hoping for a specific finish, and now that it has happened, I'm not sure I'll watch horse racing anymore. The proverbial horse got its carrot, so what's the point in still pulling the cart?Now I'll admit, I'm far from a horse-racing buff. I'm sure if I were, I'd be digesting this historic weekend differently. (Maybe this is just because I never got around to watching Seabiscuit. ) But I think I'm a fairly representative U.S. sports fan for someone my age: I follow the major four leagues even more so when one of my home teams is involved and I'm willing to latch onto tangentially popular sports, too...." see full article



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