For far too many years, the standard response to horse people who insist that what we do with horses is athletic has been, “Horse activities aren’t a sport because the horse is the one doing all the work.” So you’ll no doubt be pleased to learn that even before 3-year old thoroughbred powerhouse Justify won the Triple Crown, CNN recognized his trainer Bob Baffert as “the Greatest Coach in Sports.”
Bleacher Report writer Tom Weir opened his case by pointing out that the span of Baffert’s winning career exceeds that of Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots and Gregg Popovich’s NBA Spurs. This, despite the fact that a horse’s racing career means that “no coach in any other sport has as much turnover or as small a window to reach stardom.” You can explore the rest of Weir’s reasons for lifting horseracing trainers to superstar status among sports’ coaching professionals in CNN’s June 8 Bleacher Report.
And when you do, you will no doubt find yourself gleeful that someone in sports has finally acknowledged what horse people have always known: that riders, trainers, and all the other people who work with horses are as dedicated, focused, hard-working, and talented as the people who make any other sports endeavor dear to the hearts of fans and participants alike. If you’ve ever wished fifteen minutes of a good posting exercise on a dismissive football fan or fun-run aficionado, just to see how sore their legs and back would be after “the horse did all the work,” you’ll appreciate this article and want to share it with non-horsey friends and family.
We suggest you try not to crow when you do.
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