Following are a dozen gifts I’d ask from Santa Claus for horse racing in North America.
1. Healing for injured jockeys and the utmost safety for those active in riding.
2. A better life for backstretch employees and their families.
3. Humane treatment for all racehorses, during their careers on the track and afterwards.
4.. Plenty of horse owners for the sport.
5. A surge of new fans.
6. A plethora of new bettors and a turnaround in pari-mutuel handle.
7. Markedly reduced takeout percentages on wagers, so racing can have a competitive value proposition.
8. Buoyant bloodstock sales.
9. Precise and uniform rules for stewards pertaining to what interference mandates disqualification of a runner.
10. Uniform medication rules.
11. An escalation of positive social media buzz for showcase racing events.
12. A super-talented and durable 2-year-old colt about to turn 3-year-old that finally ends the Triple Crown drought in 2015.
For the larger troubled world, my wish is for peace on earth and good will toward all.
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