Resolutions: Barry Irwin


Barry Irwin

My New Year’s resolution is to work as hard as I can privately to press racing officials to take their responsibilities more seriously when it comes to investigating trainers, veterinarians, owners and enablers who have tilted the playing field in their favor, yet have so far been able to avoid detection.

While I understand that field size is important, takeout is important, the gross handle is important, after care is important, charities are important, guh-jillion-dollar races are important, and race-day medication is important–regulators must understand that playing the game on a level field for all is the most important, because without this, real gamblers, true fans and horse lovers will never fully embrace our enterprise. This is a daily topic on backstretches from coast to coast. It is high time that the authorities who can make a difference take it seriously.


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