Why not make the Jim Dandy a match race between Always Dreaming (left) and Cloud Computing (right)? Photos by Dana Wimpfheimer and Eric Kalet
Though a small field is already expected for Saturday’s G2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga, Michael Spector of racingdudes.com suggests taking the contest one step further: why not make the Jim Dandy “a good old-fashioned match race” between Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness victor Cloud Computing?
Spector admits that certain logistical problems likely stand in the way of making this match race a reality. First, a two-horse field does not drive wagering handle; second, the graded stakes system may take issue with a match race in graded stakes events.
“In a game always looking for a new promotional angle, why not rely on one as old as the sport itself?” asks Spector. “There may be nothing more compelling nor a better way to prove who’s better than pitting two great horses against one another. A match race is a showdown and helps build rivalries. If promoted correctly, it would grab the attention of the media and public.”
Read more at racingdudes.com.
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