Diminished news coverage contributed to the decline of racing

October 06, 2011

Kudos to reporter Sandra McKee and The Sun's editors for several fine articles on thehorses and humans associated with last weekend's Maryland Million Day ("Eighttofasttocatch the champ," Oct. 2).

It's worth pointing out, however, that The Sun generally pays scant attention to thoroughbred horse racing outside of Preakness Week. Our state's great racing tradition predates that of most others — including Kentucky's — and I'm old enough to remember when The Sun ran morning lines and race results on a daily basis.

I'm sure there's a chicken-and-egg argument to be made, but I'll wager that diminished press coverage has played a significant role in the decline of "the sport of kings."

Clinton Macsherry, Baltimore

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