Not that I expected any different..... the biggest golf tourney of the year moves tee times up 4 hours to finish ahead of weather. Biggest horse race of the year? Let's wait until weather hits and turns the track into a sea of mud.— Skibasher (@MultiraceWagers) May 4, 2019
As we know, the Masters shocked us by moving up leader group tee times to 9:20 eastern, going off in threesomes, and throwing the entire tournament out of whack on a whim. This was to get the tournament in on Sunday for fans and players, in seamless fashion. The logistics of it must have been stout.
And this is supposed to be an event married to tradition, and everything else.
Meanwhile, the folks running the Derby saw the radar and shrugged.
Who knows, does Maximum Security get messed up if the track is fast which it would've been if they moved the race up?
Sloppy tracks, especially with twenty horses, can cause serious issues. We "love our horses" right?
Regardless, it wasn't even apparently discussed. Tradition, money, something.
Today we saw chatter (if you have these words blocked on twitter, I don't blame you) that the Triple Crown races should be changed.
In recent years, and again this year, with horses' connections talking about skipping the Preakness like it's a starter allowance at Canterbury, why not talk about it.
Moving back to old, traditional, never-change golf, the PGA Championship goes next week. The event, branded as "Glory's Last Shot" is held in August, and has been for a gazillion years...... until it wasn't. They moved the event up to have four golf majors on the calendar in four straight months. They think it will help the sport.
I love tradition. I'm all for tradition. But that doesn't mean we can't progress.
Running a Preakness when a full field of great horses can meet, moving a Derby from a 6:35 post time to 4:40 to ensure a better and safer race for fans, bettors and horsepeople, should not be simply be shrugged off.
Change, and being nimble is sometimes a good thing.