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.