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Originally Posted by go david krejci 430 View Post
I know they talked about Johnny V-Albarado to great length on VS' post-race show.

I wasn't a huge fan of how Rosie was portrayed either. It's obviously much easier to like her because she's a girl, but it seemed there wasn't much credit to her being a really good jockey, and that was more of the other idiots than the usual faces we're used to seeing.
That's where it gets dicey in these matters. There is a desire to expose the sport to casual fans through the TV market. The belief, presumably, is that devout racing fans are watching from the local track, maybe a destination like Vegas, or some other place that allows betting; however, a large segment of the TV audience needs to be enticed through gimmicks. The sport's fans will deal with the recycled discussion about hats - the same piece that aired Friday during the Oaks, then on Versus Saturday and then on NBC later in the day because eventually the races happen. Others who watch the Triple Crown races or maybe just the Derby need a magnet. Probably the same with the Super Bowl and its pregame show because some viewers may watch that one NFL game a year and are attracted to secondary elements.

What's the saying about the Triple Crown races? One is a circus, one is a carnival and one is a horse race.

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