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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: An Unsolvable Problem?

Flightline’s career was a blur to many racing fans

William T. Young, the late Kentucky philanthropist, businessman and Thoroughbred owner and breeder who stood Storm Cat at his Overbrook Farm, was never one to mince words. When discussing issues that challenged business, society or the horse industry, Young might come to the unusual conclusion that “what you've got here is an unsolvable problem.”

That perspective might apply to the retirement to stud of successful racehorses at the height of their popularity with the public. Just as they build a following inside of the sport and even break through with some who don't follow racing, they are whisked off to the breeding shed.

Such was the case with Flightline, the son of leading sire Tapit whose racing career at ages 3 and 4 included six consecutive victories – culminating with his Nov. 5 triumph in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic – under the skillful management of trainer John Sadler and his staff.

If such retirements truly are a problem, can anything be done to change the dynamics that lead to them? That's the topic of this week's Friday Show discussion between Ray Paulick, Joe Nevills and Jonathan Horowitz, the latter of whom this week launched the first in a series of commentaries meant to encourage dialogue in addressing problematic issues facing the game.

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

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