Tuesday, May 23, 2006

They shoot quarterbacks, don't they?...

The endless looping of Barbaro's broken leg occurrence has led to some side stories about what modern horse breeding is all about.

Barbaro's breakdown on Saturday reignited the debate that's kicked up in recent years: Are modern training techniques, an obsession with speed and the almighty dollar making thoroughbreds weaker?

Those who think so cite the lack of a Triple Crown winner since 1978 and the gradual drop in the average number of annual starts per horse as evidence.

All it made me think of was Joe Theissman.

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