Breeder's Cup apathy--anyone else with me?
Today is the second day of the Breeder's Cup, hosted at a track just 15min from me. I didn't buy tickets and wasn't all that interested in going to begin with. Heck, I didn't even realize it was *this* weekend. This is unheard of in the home of this lifelong racing fan, who's watched every BC race (with the exception of a few of those during my college years) since its inception in 1984.
But, it was disheartening to see so many of the top 3yros of this crop retire so early--sometimes, it just seemed like, "Well, he has a hangnail and is a valuable breeding horse, so forget it! Off to the stud barn."
Add to that the two-day format, watering it down so that I can't name all the races off the top of my head, nonetheless the winners, nonetheless really recognize the names of some of the also-ran runners, and it adds to the "Meh." (I have also found it insulting that all the females race one day--the day we working folk would have the hardest to get to see--and the males the next. At least the Distaff/Ladies Classic should be on the main event day, as should the Juvenile Fillies. Harrumph.)
Add to that the dozens of racetrack-damaged horses I saw during my horse shopping months earlier this year, and then the dozens I'm seeing at the local auctions, and... :sigh: meh.
I love the sport, but right now, the relationship has chilled a bit.
But, I'll watch. Maybe some horse and/or story (or a few of them) will relight me.
Anyone else who used to have the PPs organized and highlighted by this time on this day feeling a bit...meh?