MONEY, GLUE AND HORSES
Congratulations on your really excellent article, Here the Sport Is Going Sour (June 8). E. Barry Ryan has said a lot of things that needed to be said, and he has said them forcefully and with the authority born of personal experience.
Certainly he has put things in focus. It remains to be seen what racing men will do about it.
Editor, The Chronicle of the Horse
I agree heartily with E. Barry Ryan's analysis of modern horse racing. His opinions of owners, trainers, stable personnel and management reflect a realistic and dangerous situation.
I think we can attribute most of the damage to people such as Trainer Buddy Jacobson and his attitudes toward horses (It's Not a Sport, It's a Business, June 8). Jacobson may have been ranked No. 1 in America, but I wouldn't let him train my cheapest plater.
Thank heaven for trainers like Jimmy Jones, Burley Parke, Bill Finnegan, Bert Mulholland and the others who maintain the sensible, "old-fashioned" methods which promote horse racing—the sport, not the business.
The article by E. Barry Ryan has no doubt aroused responses of righteous wrath and indignation toward those who would install Mammon as the next racing commissioner. However, I have some straight-from-the-shoulder advice for Mr. Ryan:
?Before commenting about the unkempt attendants, he should take a look at the audience.
?Is he trying to undermine the economy of the country by putting concessionaires, heating contractors, binocular manufacturers and betting-slip publishers out of business? Besides, the people of this country need heady, invigorating sports like sitting in heated bleachers and watching horses half a mile away.
?Take off those bandages, throw away that straw and hay and run those horses twice as often. With the growing number of school children in this country, we need more glue.
CAROL A. ROBERSON
Bravo! Bravo for E. Barry Ryan! However, as I'm sure Mr. Ryan would agree, criticizing the basic commercialism of Thoroughbred racing is not apropos either. The years of training and study and hard work by the real professional horsemen should be rewarded. Further, tax receipts accruing to those states that permit racing are usually evidenced in the superiority of their school and highway systems.