American horse racing isn’t dead – but it’s getting awfully close

Years of neglect have pushed thoroughbred racing – the sport of kings – to the margin of American society. Can it be saved?

The first Saturday in May means warm weather, the approach of summer and the Run For The Roses at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Yes, it’s Derby day and all that entails: festive hats, mint juleps, My Old Kentucky Home, celebrities galore. It is, after all, the sport of kings. And the problems vanish. Temporarily. No talk of drugs, breakdowns, too much racing, lack of media coverage, etc.

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