10/20/2005 11:00PM

Letters to the editor


Breeders' Cup should warm to global trend

So once again it is time to crown the champions of our racing industry. It is also time to let the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships live up to its billing as a global event. But how can an event be global when it has been held outside the United States only once? How can we crown a world champion when out of the maximum 112 horses that will go to the post Breeders' Cup Day, 110 of them will represent either the United States, Europe, or Canada? With ESPN taking over the event in 2006, it is time to take the step up to the world stage.

Initially, a program must be installed to allow horses from China, Australia, South America, South Africa, and other countries where racing is prominent, to join the championships at a discounted price. The 20-percent supplementary fee is just too steep. Perhaps a trial period, to attempt to pique the interest of the rest of the world in the Breeders' Cup, should be utilized. Is it that Breeders' Cup Ltd. is too narrow-minded to recognize the champions of the rest of the racing world? Do the names Phar Lap, Bayakoa, Paseana, and Silent Witness ring a bell? There are great horses in places who are not paid their due attention.

Second, the championships must take place outside North America. There are historic courses throughout the rest of the world, such as Epsom, Longchamp, Sha-Tin, and Moonee Valley. There are issues, of course, such as dirt racing. It is not inconceivable to hold the turf races outside the United States and the dirt races elsewhere, if a given racetrack cannot accommodate the Breeders' Cup's main-track races.

Betting in different time zones may be an issue. Why not hold the event over two days to satisfy the bettors if it is impossible to hold it all on one day.

We call them the World Thoroughbred Championships, so let's allow the races to live up to the title. Make this marvelous event a truly international event, so we can share it with the world, the right way. Racing needs something besides a Triple Crown winner to bring this sport back to where it belongs.

Darin Zoccali
Staten Island, N.Y.

Fan on verge of quitting on account of hassles

For as long as I can remember, Capital OTB here in New York has taken wagers on Turf Paradise, one of my favorite tracks. For whatever reason, this year Capital is not taking it.

No big deal - I'll open a Television Games Network account. I called TVG and found out they no longer accept account wagering from New York State. Okay, I'll call Magna Entertainment's XpressBet - they take bets in New York. But XpressBet won't take bets on Turf Paradise from New York, so I still can't bet on it.

It's the player like me that keeps this game going. I spend $35 a week for the Racing Form - all I ask is to be able to play the tracks I like. Why don't the people who run this great game get it together before guys like me take a hike.

Steve DeMichele
Utica, N.Y.