The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: Where Are All The Horses? - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: Where Are All The Horses?

Start of the 2021 Belmont Stakes

The Triple Crown comes to a close with Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the culmination of a three-day racing festival at Belmont Park offering stakes for virtually every division of Thoroughbreds on both dirt and turf at the Elmont, N.Y., track. And while most of the best horses in training are participating, many of the races wound up with small fields: four starters in Friday's Bed o' Roses; five each in Saturday's Acorn, Just A Game, Ogden Phipps and Met Mile, and six in the Woody Stephens. All are grade 1 events with the exception of the G2 Bed o' Roses.

In this week's Friday Show, Ray Paulick and bloodstock editor Joe Nevills discuss what's contributing to the field size crisis, including the disconnect between the shrinking foal crop (minus 45 percent since 2008) and the number of American Graded Stakes scheduled in 2022 (only 7 percent fewer than in 2008).

What will it take for the alarming downward trend in field size to be reversed, in light of the lack of cooperation among racetracks and the absence of leadership in industry organizations to address the issue?

Watch this week's episode of The Friday Show below:

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