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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Willmot in Dubai

Woodbine Entertainment Group's chief executive officer DAVID WILLMOT emphasized the danger that lies ahead for North American racetracks at the Asian Racing Conference in Dubai yesterday.
Citing a "very dark future", Willmot said tracks need to take control of their business again as far as simulcast signals, to combat internet betting and sites that offer gamblers rebates.
Willmot has offered up an idea of an organization called Simulco, for tracks to join together to take control of national and international simulcasting.
Read more at the Blood Horse..

Also in the news (a big news day in racing for a Wednesday in January), horse slaughter in Texas may come to an end soon after a federal appeals court cited a 1949 Texas law that prohibits the slaughter of horses for human consumption overseas. The story is the lead item on some racing news sites this morning.

Hall of Fame trainer ROGER ATTFIELD has always been impressed by the training of his filly MORE TO PROVE, who finally debuts today at Gulfstream. A 4-year-old by With Approval out of the Alydeed mare Alyette, More to Prove is the first race on today's card.

As the BERNARDINI-BARBARO debate rages on (comments on this site present the what if? scenario..what if Barbaro did not break down in the Preakness..who would have won? No one can answer that, but many have an opinion), none of us will ever see either horse race again and that really is the bottom line. Barbaro may have been as good as Bernardini, better or maybe not. I voted for Barbaro for 3yo, not many did evidently, but that is what this game is all about - opinions.


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