On the racetrack at the end of this year, racings glamour division, will be all but gone to the breeding shed and not preparing for four-year-old campaigns.

No more Street Sense, no more Hard Spun, no more Any Given Saturday. Thankfully there will be a whole new batch come January 1.

Except, of course, for Sargent Seattle. The impressive Saratoga juvenile debut winner, like the aforementioned three-year-olds, have been purchased by various members of Dubais ruling family.

We dont know where or when Sargent Seattle will show up again. Maybe here or maybe in Dubai to prepare for next years classics.

Because thats worked so well for them in the past, I guess.

No one can blame people for selling. Racing is an expensive hobby. When offered stupid money, you dont blink when a gift horse looks you in the eye.

The three-year-olds were said to be sold for about $100 million for all three. We dont know exactly how much because the Sheikhs dont release the terms, not wanting other potential sellers to know and take advantage of their munificence.

Yeah, right.

Last week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum did it again. He took a fancy to a sprinter he coveted, the four-year-old Diabolical, one of the divisional leaders if not its top thoroughbred, and purchased him for an undisclosed amount.

But the leading contender for the Breeders Cup Sprint will not be among the horses racing at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27. In fact, hes unlikely to race again this year and is being reserved for the Dubai Racing Festival next March.

Diabolical looks like the early line favorite for the $2 million Golden Shaheen.

Traditionalists have argued with some clarity that a victory in the Breeders Cup shouldnt dominate end-of-year Eclipse Award voting. They say a Breeders Cup shouldnt overshadow the body of work accumulated during the course of an entire season. Theyre right, even if all Grade 1s arent created equal.

Its been said, and written, before. Racing is a game, not a sport. Its a business, not a pastime. Still, whats the point of investing emotion and time when the games practitioners show no respect for the games continuity and what it hopes to again sell to the sporting public?

Coming to grips with this, the sports publicists have turned their attention to the human stars, the jockeys and trainers, especially the riders. But thats been tried before and it wont likely be enough.

I dont know what can be done in light of the well named Diabolical situation and others like it. But when it became known that the nations ports would be secured by a company from Dubai, public outcry killed that deal.

Am I the only one that cares about what these wholesale purchases by foreign interests--any foreign interests--are doing to the game in this country? Over 63,000 people recently attended Sha Tins opening day in Hong Kong. Belmont Park, meanwhile, got less than 5,000.

Racings popularity is solid and gaining throughout the world. But not here. If racings leaders dont care about racings future, how can they expect fans to care about the present?

Isnt there some rule that can be adopted to keep recently purchased horses racing longer, or for American studs to be made to stand in this country? Or complete disclosure of the terms of a sale so that a surtax, a luxury tax, or export tax be imposed? Or something else? Anything else?