Thursday beneath the main grandstand, Ellis-based horsemen launched a bid to protect their livelihoods and preserve their lifestyles.
"This is what we do, what we live for," said Henderson trainer Benjie LaRue. "This looks like a pretty good deal to me. We're here to race."
The horsemen secured an agreement from Geary to reopen the track, probably on Wednesday, provided the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (KHBPA) signs off on an improved Advance Deposit Wagering provision.Marty Maline, executive director of the KHBPA, agreed to poll his 10-member board, with a majority ruling. A decision was not expected until today.
Bravo. Maybe, just maybe the players will win, and when the players win, the sport wins.
Anyone see Deweycheatmnhowe at the Meadowlands tonight in the Dancer elim? Wow. It is a shame Snow White has not come back well, because watching these two knock heads would have been a blessing. 27.2 on the end makes one think the Hambo might be a foregone conclusion. Kudos to Ray as well. On the chat boards where some folks seem to believe the human element is the horse, have been begging Ray to use a catch driver. This goes to show, when you have the horse, it does not matter who is driving. Ray has done a great job. Knowing that when he finally gets beat we will hear "he should have used a real driver" is racing to a tee I guess. I hope Ray and the colt goes undefeated so the Monday morning quarterbacks have nothing to blame.
Tom Durkin is a master. What an interesting way to call a tough horse today at Belmont.
Hope everyone has a nice weekend. There is a lot happening in racing. I would like to get caught up and pop up a few posts for some discussion.