Today marks the first baby race of the season in New York and the timing seems to be about right. The modern market place demands as much with its accent on youth: Establish racing value at 2; increase stud value at 3, off to the breeding shed at 4.

Actually, two-year-olds have been racing for almost two months now, starting with two-furlong dashes at Santa Anita and at South Florida tracks before stretching out to 4- furlongs at Keeneland, where conveniently you could buy yearlings and two-year-olds virtually right around the corner.

The industry should know that its in the breeds (and the games) best interests to delay the start of the juvenile racing season and demand that they come out running at more acceptable sprint distances. If longer sprints were written by racing secretaries there would be little or no incentive to rush a youngster to the races. Then maybe the breeding industry would adapt to the new racing reality by breeding sounder and stronger horses, not faster ones.

By writing longer races later in the season, the racing industry would have a chance to dictate to the breeding industry, not the other way around. It is also the hope that having racehorses around longer would be better for business and the sport. Instead, racing is odds-on to continue chasing the short-term dollars.

Maybe sports fans you were expecting that logic would prevail? But, boys and girls, this is horseracing. Even in a game mired in the past, logic and long-term thinking have little place in the modern game. Doing the right thing is still not as important as talking about it.