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Are Short Horse Racing Fields Killing the Fun of It All?

February 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 118

Over the years, there has been a lot of controversy about large and small horse field sizes. Finding value in most of the short fields has been a challenge for many punters. Nowadays, many horse racing cards consist of races that are characterized by single-figured field sizes. Where are the times when field sizes were in triple figures? Horse lovers are yearning for those days when the grandstands of horse tracks used to overflow with fans during a race. They miss the loud cheers and the overwhelming thorough bred horses. Veterans in the industry are not content with what has become of horse racing. They think that small horse fields are the reason for the equestrian sport's deteriorating "health".

The ever great sport is no longer attracting any new players, let alone young fans. Apart from the few prestigious events like the Breeder's cup and the Triple Crown, horse racing is no longer a centre of attraction for fans. Bettors are no longer intrigued by today's short field races. They do not seem to find races worth betting on. A 14- horse field or more, they say, is usually a safe and thrilling betting vehicle. However, 6-horse fields are not so welcoming. Punters are typically traders and as such, they view small fields as small businesses that are not worth investing their money on. Many gamblers are turning to more thrilling sports that will provide them with high possibilities of larger payoffs.

The horse racing industry has been providing fun and profits to many punters for ages. Nowadays, any punter who gets a horse racing card is not exhilarated, but rather disappointed by the small field sizes in virtually all the races. Even if they bet, they no longer have the zeal to go to the race tracks. The excitement in cheering and smelling the dust is no more. They prefer to have the results delivered to them through the internet. The few who have a little bit of interest in horse racing prefer to watch the races on the internet or on their television sets. The popularity of the equestrian sport continues to fade day by day as fans turn to more thrilling sports. Consequently as the bettor steers away from the sport, horse racing becomes even more unattractive, with even shorter fields.

The sport needs to market itself better, whether it's through more media exposure or incorporating it in schools. The horsemen's institutions should stop accommodating the short fields that the general public dislikes. They should bring back the thrill in the game by bringing back the culture of large field horse races. More persons should be encouraged to thorough breeding so as to elevate the number of horses in the race tracks. The present generation should be geared towards taking more interest into the ever great sport. A time bomb is ticking, and the horse racing industry urgently needs to find its way back to the top where it should be.

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