With Parx super-inflated purses on the horizon, NYRA issues warning to trainers pic.twitter.com/7eE9Na8ss3— David Grening (@DRFGrening) August 10, 2015
I don't get why people are so angry at NYRA for this. I don't get it at all. Parx and Suffolk are both offering ridiculously high purses this fall, and NYRA has to protect their own product. If field sizes during the Belmont fall meet drop, are people going to whine that NYRA did nothing to keep horses racing in New York?
Other tracks do this, too. Back when Colonial still raced, Charles Town gave horsemen the same warning. It's relatively inconsequential, because when trainers come back to race at whatever track they've shipped out of, the racing secretary is almost never going to say "No, we don't want your horses here, go support that other track like we told you to."
All this is is an empty threat trying to make NYRA's lives a little easier this fall. I highly doubt they're really going to take anyone's stalls away. To me, this means next to nothing. Why do people find this so ridiculous?