Last week, I wrote a column about the Open Space Pace and how it would behoove thoroughbred horsemen to join in attending as this is an issue which impacts all horsemen in New Jersey.
Afterwards, I checked with one of the organizers to ask why the thoroughbred horsemen were not asked to participate in the event formally for the same reasons. No, I would not have expected them to come to Freehold Raceway to participate in the day's events, but perhaps a companion event at Monmouth Park to support open space in New Jersey with a stakes race named for Open Space there would have been in order. Shame on the committee for not doing this, I thought.
Well, this morning I heard from my acquaintance only to hear thoroughbred horsemen were invited to participate in the event numerous times and they showed no interest to do so. Shame on the thoroughbred horsemen. Here was a chance for both industries to unite in favor of Open Space in New Jersey and to bring attention to the link between racing and open space and once again the animosity between the two breeds rears its ugly head. Need there be an immediate catastrophe for the two breeds to work together? Perhaps if they worked together, we could avoid these catastrophes.
Here is a video talking further about the Open Space Day at Freehold. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes is the concert which concludes the day's activity. While the day is free, there is a $15 charge ($20 at the door) for the Southside Johnny concert.