Yesterday I was asked a great question by a young racehorse owner. He has followed my posts and comments for some time and knows that I'm pretty critical of the lack of progress in the horse racing industry. Whether it's the last 20 years where the new foal population has been cut in half, the 30% real dollar pari-mutuel decline, or the 85 years since Seabiscuit ran, he is wondering what horse racing is doing to reverse it's demise.
While I think there are solutions, and have promoted many to multiple organizations for years, it's hard to say to a bright new owner that I have never found any group capable of driving real change in the industry. Nevertheless, he wondered what might make a difference so I decided to re-publish this fictional 2020 headline article, which I published a few years back. After reading it again this morning, it's amazing how applicable "A Crazy Dream" is still today, and how little has changed. So Joe, here you go. Others might find it interesting if you haven't seen it before.
Here's the link: "A Crazy Dream"
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.