Bill Finley’s column about Pompano park closed used it as a textbook example of decoupling. And he cautions that the possibility of such segregation is not exclusive to the world of mining racing or other pari-mutuel betting establishments; that thoroughbred racing venues are also vulnerable. Well, there’s proof of that, for all to see, in Chicago in 2021.
Last June, I learned of the possibility of Arlington Park’s permanent closure at the end of the 2021 season. As a 40-year horse racing fan and never been to Arlington, you should prioritize the experience. ‘AP’ before they closed this past September.
Arlington’s style, grace and beauty were on full display during the two race days I was there in August. And to understand that Churchill Downs, Inc. is the organization responsible for its eventual disappearance from the Thoroughbred Racing scene which has become something I – still cannot fathom. Of all the corporate organizations to beat what could be arguably one of the great jewels of North American racing, CDI’s leadership of AP proved once and for all. forever that a) Thoroughbred racing is NOT immune to separation; and b) anyone who will do it if the law allows it.
I’m greatly disillusioned by the fact that the Purebred industry just stood by and watched this unfold, without too many complaints. And to think that it happened because of the wishes of CDI – an organization that is thought to be in Thoroughbred Racing’s best interests – makes me wonder how much of a fight the industry as a whole is willing to fight to survive. in.
The closing of Pompano last night was a sad story in its own right. But the closing of Arlington Park last September was, in this fan’s opinion, an indelible stain to CDI’s reputation as an industry leader and is an example of how splits are running rampant.