The sport of horse racing has been dying for years.
Another example of the sport’s decline came this weekend with the closing of Bay Meadows racetrack. The track, located just outside of San Francisco in San Mateo, held its last race on Sunday.
Anyone who’s been to a track or a Las Vegas sportsbook recently knows horseracing is no longer “The Sport of Kings.” It’s “The Sport of Degenerate, Loser, Chain-smoking, Compulsive Gamblers Over 70.”
Bay Meadows opened in 1934. It was California’s oldest continually operating racetrack. It was also one of the first tracks in the country to introduce pari-mutuel wagering, the Daily Double, tote boards and the photo-finish. Legendary horses like Seabiscuit and John Henry once raced at Bay Meadows. Unfortunately, the sad truth is the land is now worth more plowed under and redeveloped.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, in recent years the track was drawing only about 3,000 people a night for races.
MUCH LIKE LOSING TICKETS FROM SUNDAY’S LAST RACE, BAY MEADOWS HAS BEEN DISCARDED