Before I go on this short rant, I just want to say that I have been passionate about horse racing for decades.
I am particularly fond of Southern California Horse Racing because this is what I grew up with. It is also a sport that I know really well.
Over the years, the powers that have run Southern California Racing have made some really poor decisions, and some good ones too.
Having said that, I always knew that they took the horse-player for granted merely by the way we were treated. The problem the horse-player had decades ago was that this was the only game in town. There was little choice in getting a bet down on the ponies, or whatever gambling interest you had.
That is no longer the situation.
Recent happenings that include the Del Mar Stewards literally stealing money from the bettors, the C.H.R.B 's incompetence in doing anything worthwhile for horse-players, the lack of transparency shown by all tracks when it comes to the "dark side" of the business......I could go on and on. It really makes me stop and think "why should I continue my favorite hobby at all?".
So I am taking the day off from racing for a little reflection.
In the meantime, please join me in saying farewell to a tough race horse who tried every time. Pure Tactics, trained by Doug O'Neill was euthanized on August 23rd as a result of injuries he sustained in the running of the Del Mar Mile.
Pure Tactics had gamely won the Wickerr Stakes during the first week of this Del Mar Meet.
Unfortunately after Pure Tactic's injury that cost him his life in the Del Mar Mile, Del Mar's Official Twitter Page, never mentioned Pure Tactics once.
I will be back tomorrow. Have a great day.