Everyone always wanted to be a handicapper. Now everyone wants to a meteorologist. I am sure this also rings true for weather presenters. However, no one really wants to spread weather-related fear and gloom on TV, unless you own the Weather Channel.
Following the lead of mainstream media, the owner of the Weather Channel, mogul Byron Allen, learned that just selling weather is unprofitable unless the information is laced with fear.
Just as the 24-hour news channels found it unprofitable to produce 24 hours of live programming each day, the Weather Channel supplements its live programming with shows that highlight the fear of weather related disasters.
It seems as if everyone has forgotten what summer is really like. When I was a kid, air conditioning was not prevalent and the temperature often approached 100 degrees. Someone’s dad would use a big wrench to open a fire hydrant so we could cool down.
Additionally, you do not even have to go back that far, because 20 years ago there never was a cancellation of racing or any other sport due to excessive heat.
On Saturday, horses at Monmouth Park raced injury free in 99-degree heat; so did horses at Arlington Park, where the temperature was 97 degrees.
Horses raced at Gulfstream Park in Florida that day without incident. The high temperature there was only 88 degrees. Old people do not go outside there when it gets hot because they cannot breathe. Please remind me why that’s “the place” to retire.
Cold temperatures exhibit larger attributable mortality rates (above 5%) compared to heat (less than 1%) in most countries.
Climate change is a big business and we all know business profits trump public benefit. Therefore, we cannot trust this business and the science it buys any more than we can trust the oil industry and the science it buys.
Our planet has at times been a ball of fire and other times a ball if ice. Human life has flourished at a time of a temperate climate on Earth. When that goes, so will we.
Man’s arrogance allows us to believe otherwise, but the sun controls all life and humans cannot do anything significant, save a nuclear holocaust, to advance or retard it.
If You Don’t See the Con, You Are the Mark
While all the horses were safe at Monmouth on Saturday, children were not. Protesters representing Horseracing’s Wrongs capitalized on the fear of heat related deaths and those protesters targeted children at Monmouth Park.
Jake Dueitt tweeted about it but got the wrong license plate. The following tweet misidentified the protesters as a group from PETA, when in fact they represented Horseracing’s Wrongs.
“Hey PETA [Horseracing’s Wrongs] how bout you let me decide if I want my kid to support/watch horse racing instead of making him cry walking into the gates? Grown ass people telling a 6 year old kid he shouldn’t into horse racing b/c it kills the horses. He don’t know any better! #GTFOH.”
The protesters lacked civility and that is encouraged by Horseracing’s Wrongs leader, Patrick Battuello. Battuello himself refuses to learn about horseracing.
A couple of years ago I alerted John Pricci of a planned protest at Saratoga and Pricci sought out Battuello. He offered him a tour of the barns and a chance to see the backstretch life first hand. He said he would consider Pricci’s offer the following year, but did not follow through.
Battuello does not want to expose himself to the truth about horses that live at the racetrack. He will not see the good, presenting the bad with the worst possible spin.
Often cited as an expert, Battuello is not. He gathers information on horse deaths from states and compiles a master list but has never himself seen a horse die in person because he refuses to enter any racetrack.
His lists are not always correct nor complete but that does not stop him from spreading fear and gloom about horses by creating far-fetched fiction to go along with gory pictures.
Anyone who claims to advocate for horses and chooses to do so while he encourages abusing children has misguided priorities.
GAMING COMMISSION ACTS
On Monday, the New York State Gaming Commission held an interesting meeting which at points was also entertaining. (That doesn’t happen very often).
The NYSGC unanimously approved a new jackpot Pick 6 wager for the New York Racing Association.
When contacted Monday, Patrick McKenna, NYRA’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs said, “We appreciate the action taken by the New York State Gaming Commission today and will offer this wager to horseplayers during the Saratoga meet.”
The wager, named the Empire 6, has a 20-cent minimum and is similar to the rainbow carryover jackpot at Gulfstream Park. It can take up to 10 days to have the item placed in the State’s register and the wager can debut when that stage is complete. The “Empire 6” will replace the current $2 Pick 6 wager. Its earliest implementation would be August 7.
The board seeks to eliminate show wagers on a race with a field with five or less entrants but determined the original wording was too broad. The board members narrowed the scope of the rule and will revisit it at next meeting at the end of August.
A rule allowing use of supervised Veterinary technicians was unanimously approved after narrowing the previous definition. Vet techs practicing under an existing Veterinarian’s license seems to be the loose definition for supervision.
The entertaining part of the meeting came with the announcement that NYSGC received only 17 replies from approximately 150 letters seeking comment on potential changes to Lasix rules.
At the June meeting, NYSGC staff had to review and categorize who was polled and provide a report thereon at the July meeting.
The survey was sent to each New York-based racetrack’s management, racing office and chief veterinarians, all recognized horsemen’s organizations, Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeder organizations, and the State’s leading Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeders and trainers.
Results of the 17 comments received were presented in such a confusing fashion that they needed review before it could be entered into the minutes of the July meeting; it never seems to be an easy, straightforward process.
For the most part, Thoroughbred people were in favor of reducing and eliminating Lasix and Standardbred people were against it. Some wording also needs changing so that if trainers experimented with racing horses without Lasix, it would not lose eligibility to use it again if the experiment fails.
I hope those polled without comment (over 130) realize they have given the NYSGC carte blanche to do what it chooses regarding Lasix. The board will probably act on the advice of state veterinarian, Dr. Scott Palmer. Those who did not reply probably will complain regardless.
ISLANDER ARENA AT BELMONT PARK UPDATE
The New York State Empire State Development Corporation extended the comment period for the Final Environmental Impact Statement from today, July 23, at 12:00 pm to Thursday August 1 at 5pm because ESD corrected and amended the FEIS. All comments must be submitted be to the ESD by email at [email protected] or via regular mail to Empire State Development Corp. Attn: Mr. Michael Avolio, 633 Third Avenue, Floor 37, New York, NY 10017.