I contend director of racing Mike Harlow and racing secretary Rick Hammerle are only controlled and protected figureheads.
Mike Harlow, director of racing at Santa Anita, spoke disengenuously about a horse shortage in California.
said the reason(more bogus excuses) for so many short fields can be attributed to horses getting injured, being retired, or relocating to other racing centers.
Those are universal happenings.
It is a director of racing's prime responsibility to replenish his
stock season to season, not to sit in his
office and watch the crops die in the field.
If the Santa Anita
racing leaders excel at anything, it's making excuses.
The truth of the matter is Mike Harlow and his racing secretary Rick Hammerle are overwhelmed by their job responsibilities.
With all the riches afforded California racing it is hard to sympathize with Harlow; especially when you see full fields of horses and jockeys(wearing ski maks and gloves) scampering through blizzard conditions across the nation.
Then there are also the other winter racing centers of the south; Gulfstream Park, Oaklawn Park, Tampa Bay Downs and the Fair Grounds, all with large fields.
It is Harlow and company's fault they work with such a small margin.
In an obvious attempt at appeasement, Harlow
further stated in the Racing Form that Santa Anita
would wait until the end of February before deciding if they would return to the traditional five-day race week or not.
and Hammerle have allowed the stakes program to grow out of control and negatively impact the entire program.