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Preakness Brand Continues To Evolve; This Year's Attendance Fourth-Best In Event History
Published May 20, 2013
A DIP IN BUSINESS? In N.Y., Jerry Bossert wrote the "biggest loser on Saturday may have been the New York Racing Association, which hosts the Belmont Stakes on June 8." With no Triple Crown on the line, the "best NYRA can hope for is a rematch between" Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Oxbow, but "that isn’t guaranteed." Orb’s trainer, Shug McGaughey, was "cautious, saying he wanted to see how his horse came out of the Preakness before committing to the Belmont." NYRA officials on Friday said that if a Triple Crown was "on the line, they could expect a dramatic increase in business with a crowd of 100,000." The race now is expected to "draw closer to 60,000-70,000" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/19).
TAKING THE LEAD: In N.Y., William Rhoden writes despite the "spectacle and the tradition of the Triple Crown races, the racing industry is trudging toward an uncertain future." Never has a sport "seemed so fiercely determined to spite itself, with factions holding onto power rather than galvanizing the industry." Perhaps racing is "an institution that is too big or simply too ingrained in the American psyche to ever disappear entirely." But it is "rapidly fading from our collective consciousness." Rhoden: "Who would be the best person to serve as this unwieldy industry’s first commissioner? A retired politician? A respected trainer? An owner?" McGaughey's assistant Robbie Medina said, "It has to be a man or a woman who has nothing to do with horse racing. Someone who is not going to be tugged at from 10 different places. Someone who is going to have absolute power" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/20).