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Horse racing and business journalism

February 28, 2006

There are similarities between horse racing and business coverage, says T.D. Thornton, editor of bloodhorse.com, an Web site that covers the horse racing industry.

Horse racingThornton notes how the Boston Globe and the Washington Post recently announced that they were cutting horse racing agate from their sports sections. Thornton notes the difference between this and cutting stock listings: “Consider the trend of major newspapers dropping entire pages of stock tables. The thinning of the business section elicits similar protest, but the finance industry differs noticeably from racing in its collective response: New technologies are continually being hatched to make it super-simple (and free) to obtain comprehensive market data that is superior to columns of tiny type whose quotes are destined to be outdated long before the paper thunks against one’s front door.”

Read the rest of his column here.

Kentucky newspapers like the Lousville Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader do a pretty good job of covering the thoroughbred industry from the business section.

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