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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Competing Championships

You would think the three major breeds of horses would be able to schedule their championship series on different days.  Well, you would be wrong.  The thoroughbreds' Breeders Cup is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5.  In light of that harness racing's Breeders Crown is schedule for Saturday, October 29.  While the standardbred industry has steered clear of the thoroughbred's championship, one can argue if steered clear enough as many of the tweets and some of the emails I am getting tend to be related to final preps for the Cup, the quarter horse industry has not been as cooperating as their Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships are scheduled for this Saturday night as well at Los Alamitos Racetrack in Cypress California.  Their 12-race series begins at 7:00pm PDT.

While most of the races will have concluded before the Quarter horse championships begin, the question is why did they need to be scheduled for the same day at all?  You would think each breed would want their own breed to be showcased on separate days for maximum effect.  As a result, TVG who typically carries Woodbine's races will be splitting their time covering the Los Alamitos racing program as well.

There is no reason why this needs to happen, hopefully in the future the three breeds can coordinate dates so each breed will have their own day/night to shine.

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