I get why the Breeders’ Cup has made Southern California a virtual home circuit. The San Gabriels are the best backdrop of any race track in America.

And if you crane your neck just a little from a lofty perch at Del Mar, you could almost reach out and touch the surf from the turf.

Then there’s the sunny climes, less chance of rain with a good chance there will be a less of a chance of wildfires. The Santa Ana’s giveth, but at times tragically taketh away.

And if you want your pricey, uppity event to have a destination component to it, then what could be better than SoCal?

Gulfstream Park would be a good destination, too, then there are those pesky late afternoon storms and the building has limited seating options; hardly enough room for temporary stands to fill the void.

But how long must New York racing and its fans continue to be punished because then President Charlie Hayward said some untoward things to a Breeders’ Cup official? And at the time, Hayward wasn’t wrong.

Besides, look at what the current POTUS says? Not only does he go unpunished but virtually unlamented by a group who was elected to provide some balance, let alone checks. He gets to play; why can’t Belmont Park?

Yes, it can be downright chilly on the first weekend in November, and sunshine is not the given it is in California. Plus the Pacific time-zone provides a natural setting for the prime-timing of its centerpiece event.

Keeneland and Del Mar hosted extremely successfully Cup events by all accounts. They deserved return visits. But last I checked, Belmont Park still ranks high on American racetrack go-to lists. New York must be allowed back into the rotation.

This year’s visit to Derby City will be followed by a Santa Anita sojourn in 2019, back to Lexington’s cradle of equine civilization the following year then back to California for some surfing and turfing in 2021.

I’ll never be confused with John Nash, but that would make it four more years before New York can host the event again—if ever. And I think I’ll have to see it before I believe it.

When New York’s turn to return to the Breeders’ Cup rotation came up years ago, the excuse was the New York Racing Association was in turmoil. True then, this is no longer the case.

Breeders’ Cup has no excuse beyond politics; New York’s security clearance remains revoked.

Aside from the recent California and Kentucky bias, it is useful to recall the event as conceived in 1982 as a traveling road show. The formal media announcement was made in New York and the inaugural was staged two years later at Hollywood Park.

If New York ever find its way back into Breeders’ Cup consideration, it will have yet another rival with which to contend.

Should the Maryland Jockey Club move the Preakness from Baltimore to Laurel, and that facility proves it can handle a world class crowd, Laurel with its fine turf course would be a formidable competitor.

Que sera, sera. But for New York to continue getting the equine equivalent of a 10th Avenue freeze-out from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., that action could not be more spitefully vindictive and wrong-minded.

Saratoga Needs to Make More From Less

Admittedly, the foothills of the Adirondack Mountain region could have done with a lot less rain this season. To say that foul weather has wreaked havoc with the current race meet would be to understate the case.

A number of factors have made the 2018 meet less appealing than it should be. Showcasing quality racing is what Saratoga racing is supposed to be about but meeting that goal has a number of variables working against it.

Super trainers are dominating race cards, and we’re not just referring to the Bob Bafferts, Chad Browns or Todd Pletchers. I cannot remember a time in the sport when so many trainers were winning at a 25-to-35% rate.

And powerful, deep-pocketed owners and syndicate groups are beating paths to those phenomenally successful shedrows.

Resultantly, super trainers increasingly are dominating the entry box, entering two or three horses at a time.

Smaller outfits simply do not have the ammunition to compete effectively and so they no longer go out of their way to fill the races.

The preponderance of medium-sized and smaller stables now must pick their spots more prudently. The result is smaller fields offering fewer alternatives to the short-priced favorites of the mega-stable’s multiple entrants.

Couple that with bad weather, wet racetracks, rescheduled turf races and New York’s forever liberal scratch policy, what’s left is the recipe for singularly unattractive betting events.

If the racing office wants to continue servicing the powerful interests who campaign the best horses there is but one viable option: Fewer races.

In terms of extended race meets, Saratoga is Thoroughbred racing’s most powerful brand and the NYRA has to make its year-round bones at the Spa.

And that means the six-day race week at Saratoga--especially as Mondays complete a long weekend for area visitors--is never going to change. The only sensible alternative is fewer races per day.

Arguments will be made that if grass races didn’t need rescheduling, the average Saratoga race card would offer plenty of good betting races.

When any boutique session is as weather-dependent as Saratoga, more races per day starts out with fewer good betting-race options.

The trick may be carding fewer turf races daily, carding them only when the weatherman gives the racing office a half a chance. If that means more turf races on a sunny Wednesday than a wet weekend, so be it.

The Saratoga brand is strong enough to attract as much midweek handle as most tracks would attract on their best Saturdays.

There have been many outstanding performances at this meet and plenty of exciting finishes. The problem is there haven’t been enough good betting races to go around. Long term that could damage the brand irreparably.