One of the exciting things about writing a blog is that I get to hear what readers think, and I also can infer what interests readers by the volume of activity on the site, as well.
So, I have to admit I almost missed the boat on Noholme. After deciding to write about the old boy, I almost canned the story and did another one.
After all, who would remember an Aussie-bred who spent his early years at stud in Arkansas and whose male line tanked a couple of decades ago?
As it turns out, just about everyone. The volume of interest in Noholme, both in public and private emails, has been staggering. And in addition to the interest in the grand old rascal and his splendid son Nodouble, my remarks about stamina and lack of any reasonable opportunities for racehorses who naturally need to race longer distances to show their form really hit a chord with readers and breeders.
The unexpected resonance of an issue with people in racing and breeding is another of the joys of writing a blog.
And quite frankly, I would not have dreamt of the passion that lurks among racing people — both professional and those who just come to the races a couple times a year — to have more distance racing.
This is not something our “friends” in most racing offices want to hear. Most people in the business offices of racing want to put on 47 heats of six furlong sprints and seem to prefer the idea that horses just be given numbers, rather than names. Am I being unfair?
But there is a lack of perspective on the part of the people who put on the show when it comes to what the show is about. They just do not seem to understand that a serious number of people really love to see staying horses slugging it out at the end of a two-mile race.
It is time for them to wake up and smell the coffee.