The polar ends of racing were randomly depicted in two recent and unrelated blog posts that appeared on back-to-back days this week, and their juxtaposition here shows how stark the contrast in air is from the top of the game to the bottom.
On the 16th, the America’s Best Racing blog—which exists to publicize (and glamorize) the sport as an industry-sponsored venture—ran a piece titled “Horse Racing’s Richest People,” with the preamble, “Known as the Sport of Kings, racing has always attracted the rich and famous. America’s Best Racing takes a look at some of the richest people who have invested their fortunes in making a run at signature races around the world.” Read the post here. These owners and their like are the ones that bring the glamour to the game, they are the ones likely to be at the Kentucky Derby, and they are the ones that occasionally make the headlines whenever there’s a let up on the steady stream of drugs/breakdowns/decreasing handle coverage.
Now take a look at the four-minute film below. It was published in the The Racing Biz blog on the 15th under the post title, “Midweek Movie: On the backside with Carlyne Tapscott.” Be sure to read the post here, but pay close attention to the people—and these aren’t the “Kings”—and surroundings in this short film by Jeff Krulik, which begins with wifebeater-clad owner Jon Shenski hosing down his own filly with a pipe in his mouth and ends with some compelling conversation with trainer Tapscott. Ms. Tapscott suggests that marketing the game to younger people and the fame of the Kentucky Derby are important elements in attracting newer people to the sport. Her comments are a reminder of just how symbiotic the relationship is between the polar ends, despite their climate differences.