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A Great Game

Starting up the blog, from scratch, I had zero idea what would come of it. After six months or so, I am really happy I have some people checking in from time to time who are thoroughbred fans. I have always been amazed - and I mean always - how different the people are in the two games. Not different in a bad way, just different. I am happy that the runner readers can get a snapshot of that difference from time to time.

This is illustrated perfectly when I see stories like this: It is Chris Tully's Dewey Notebook, where we speaks about NBC's visit with the champ.

No sooner had the producer thanked Ray for the close-ups when Mr. Schnittker leaned down and generously asked the retired jockey and current NBC Sports horseracing commentator, Donna (Barton) Brothers, if she would like to take a spin on Dewey. She was thrilled and grinned from ear to ear. With a leg-up from Ray she was off and trotting.

Letting NBC's Donna Brothers "hop aboard" Dewey for a little ride? So harness racing.

I wonder what Rick Dutrow would have said to an ESPN producer if he said "can I have a ride on Big Brown?"

It is a different game. Not better, not worse, but different. And those of us who are part of it, even in only a small way would not trade that difference for anything.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Thanks for recognizing the "working man's sport" aspect of harness racing. We take our sport seriously, but we can still have fun and spontaneous along the way.

---Chris Tully