15 Racing Predictions for 2014

Races that are rained off turf will be run over Bubble Wrap in an IKEA parking lot. Graded stakes status remains unchanged.

The Breeders Cup adds three interspecies races.

“None of the Above” becomes a choice for Eclipse Award voters.

The Quinella becomes a bad drink, rather than a bad bet.

Celebrity race callers and races called chosen by internet voting.

If Todd Pletcher or Bob Baffert lose the Kentucky Derby they forfeit their suits.

Cable cam, drone cam, Cam from Modern Family…there has to be a better camera angle for stretch runs.

Horse names released and recycled, creating renewed relevance for Jon White’s Kelso stories.

The industry finally confronts the problem of where to put all the retired and rescued horseplayers.

Consolidation of tracks and races. Arlington-Woodford-Capposella-Go For Wand-Norberto Arroyo-Downhill-Cheesecake Factory Where Pimlico Used to Be-Invitational-Classic shatters attendance records.

Discarded tickets placed on walls instead of floors. Stooping-associated lumbar surgery industry declares bankruptcy.

DRF website only accessible by invite only. Delayed pop-up ad on home screen remains.

Dead heat trophy presentations conducted in the Winners’ Octagon.

All riders wear EquiSight cameras for every race. Tracks eliminate admission fees and only charge for live video streaming and replays.

CHRB institutes mandatory, random “hug it out” sessions between jockeys.

 Originally posted on Medium.

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