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Back To the Glory Days

written by: Dennis McDonald


"Thank You For Your Service" is a statement I often hear when checking out at Lowes, Home Depot, and also many other retail outlets, reverting back to an appreciation of my time served in the uniformed service to our country. Well I would like to now borrow and extend the very same phrase to you as well Lisa, for your service in restoring a somewhat diminished faith of late, in the sport of thoroughbred racing. Your forty hour marathon of service to the "purist fans" of racing is so greatly appreciated.


The race day med crowd hopefully have had their run, and a proper stewardship of the sport can once more be put back into play. I equate it all to a mindset of "Innocence Lost". "The Cat and Mouse in Partnership" and "There's never enough to be had" attitudes have hopefully come to an end. Anyone not familiar with Brother's Grimm, should give the Cat and Mouse" fable a spin....only three or four pages long, it captures so much of the failures that has taken place in our existence and time, including the malaise that swept across everything we know, from the business world, to the political world, even to what was the simplicity of a baseball game. And thoroughbred racing was not exempt as well. I offer the case of Justify as my example. He was gone before we ever really had chance to view him, and without the meds, was he really ever that great anyway? I so missed the greatness of the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Both equine and human....the Slew of Gold's, the Mac Miller's. Anyhoot, I digress...


Your analysis brings me back to the times of "simplicity" when the subset cards of a baseball card collection, the Mantle's, the Snider's, and the Willie Mays types were treasured, but still all other cards had value in our lifes as well, even if only with the use of a clothspin and the front rim on our hand-me-down Schwinn bike tires. You have me back to that era Lisa, watching in my mind my very first horserace on an old black and white TV in the family room growing up... Must have been 5th or 6th grade....Carry Back charging from the very back on the far turn that day had me "hooked" forever. Well I am back there this morning, and want to thank you.


Your analysis, and all of the other voices and opinions expressed on DHC are like witnessing Secretariat's overwhelming effort in his Belmont Stakes all over again. The analysis is a display of "never ending story" excellence. Let me see if I can recapture some of what I perused with a poetic one liner:


The simplification of your shared analysis and all other views and comments expressed on DHC are indeed epicentric and amazing.


Let me thank you so much for your sharing all of your work, but mostly thank you for restoring my faith and turning me away from some of the Baffert era distrust that had crept into the cobwebs of my mind. I so want to pass forward the passion I have held in my heart for this sport to my grandsons. I now look forward with your herculean shared efforts in mind, to the days of Innocence Restored.

"Riders Up". "Readers Up!


Thank you!

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Unknown member
Apr 27, 2022

Dennis,

I always loved Eddie Delahoussaye. One of the greatest and most exciting rides by any jockey was him on top of AP Indy, rolling "with giant strides and moving powerfully in between horses" in the '92 Breeders Classic. Loved him ever since.

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Unknown member
Apr 27, 2022

Another good day for "restored stewardship of old" exemplified by Eddie Delahoussaye on his personal quest forward to clean the game of the rascals cowarded on the shadowed darkside of the barn areas.


“The ingredients in this supplement were not listed on this supplement,” said Keith's attorney, Eddie Guidry. “Mr. Keith had no idea zilpaterol was in the supplement he was using … if he had known zilpaterol was in there, he would not have used it.”


Commissioner Eddie J. Delahoussaye did not seem to think this excused Keith's actions.

“He shouldn't have used it anyway, if he didn't know what was in there,” said Delahoussaye. “We have rules and regulations and this industry is in turmoil. We're losing a…


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Unknown member
Apr 27, 2022
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This sport needs a single governing body with someone like Delahoussaye at the helm.An entity which will hand out some meaningful penalties and suspensions.

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Unknown member
Apr 26, 2022

I did the clothespin with cards on the bike wheel as well when I was young. I haven't thought about that in so long. I remember it so well. But my card wasn't a baseball card, it was always the Ace of Spades.

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Unknown member
Apr 25, 2022

Agreed. Your methodology is so comprehensive that I want to introduce it on HorseRaceInsider.com.


Mr. McDonald is a longtime reader of ours and always has been supportive of honest discourse among horseplayers.


I like to think we all to the races for the money but stay for the love of the sport.


It's good work you do, keep it up!

JP


PS: Looking forward to our chat

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Unknown member
Apr 25, 2022

Mr McDonald could not have said it better. His praise of your work is invaluable!!!

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