|An eleven horse field was scheduled to meet the starter |
in the Hudson Filly Trot back in 1987.
At one point the USTA rules allowed twelve horses to start on half mile tracks; fourteen on a 5/8th mile tracks; sixteen starters on a mile track and the world was fine. Yes, the USTA has reduced the number of starters in the second tier so not as many starters can begin in the second field buts second tier horses are still allowed..
For those drivers who fear a twelve horse field at the Meadows, think about what your predecessors had to face in the 1980's; fourteen horses. It can be done, safely. As long as the horses are safe, there should be no problem with races like this. Perhaps if anything, a rule should be made that if a horse is deemed somewhat unsafe, it must draw into the second tier.to avoid interfering a majority of the field; this is a prudent proposal (something done down under).