by Ed Meyer

posted on April 21, 2010 in Breeders Cup, General Discussion | No Comments >>

A gent stopped by my office yesterday, and we talked about his California homeland and how racing is in bad shape. I asked, if this is true, why do they want the Breeders’ Cup?  He really had no explanation, and then I gave him something to chew on for the future.

How about making this an international event? We could take the 16 or so races and spread them over four weeks. It would not be held at one track, and trainers could pick and choose where they wanted to run.

We could start in October, and have something that goes like this:

Saturday one – we could start at Longchamp with 4 wonderful turf races. We could mingle the filly day and the major day.

Saturday two – the action could shift to Woodbine and the races could be held on polytrack, and turf.

Saturday three – Keeneland could play host to four incredible races that could be turf or poly.

Saturday four – Churchill Downs could play host before opening for the fall meet. The final four races, including the Classic, could be held on dirt and races for the Matt Winn turf course.

Now, that would spread the action and fans could choose one, or many, to visit and go see the races. It would draw attention to the ovals, and it would be truly international. No more one track, one oval to deal with. Trainers and owners could pick and choose where they wanted to run. Now, that would be one month of action instead of two days and about 8 hours. Think of the ratings, and what it could mean by changing tracks every year. Dirt, poly, and turf…. All of the things that racing is made of.

Just a thought, and it would make it more of an international festival. Just think when Dubai, Ireland, and England want to take part. Add in Belmont, Del Mar,  Santa Anita, and Gulfstream.  This could be a nice way to spread the action and take it to the people.