re the post below this one on the “censoring” of a TBA blogger — Gina Rarick, an American trainer in France — by the NTRA, Ms. Rarick has a new post defending the leader of the TBA, Patrick Patten (Handride blog), who was the point person who didn’t pass on her original blog post to the NTRA. She wrote: “I do want to take a minute, though to defend Patrick of the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance, a tremendous organization without which many of you would never know I existed. Yes, Patrick made the decision to hold back the post, but if he hadn’t done that, someone at the NTRA would have.”
Patrick shot back in the comments to the post: “You can’t say things you don’t know to be true. I don’t know if the NTRA would have withheld the post. I don’t know the score over there. I chose not to pass it on because it’s not about possible BC contenders coming over for the BC, but a post on drugs & whipping.”
Patrick had engineered the gigs for the TBA bloggers at the NTRA. Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the NTRA, wrote this about Patrick and the new TBA bloggers on the NTRA site: “A new feature you will now find on NTRA.com — with a direct link right off our home page — is our Breeders’ Cup Divisional Blogs section. We have 15 individual contributors — one assigned to each Breeders’ Cup race , and one assigned to the international contenders as a whole. All are members of the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance, and I’m sure they will bring fresh perspectives to the Cup. A couple of our new bloggers — Patrick Patten and Kevin Stafford — also did yeoman’s work as part of our NTRA Online Marketing Task Force, and I thank Patrick in particular for helping this new section come to fruition.”
Ms. Rarick, therefore, appears to be wedged in a difficult spot, if she wants to continue to post at NTRA.