The numbers are startling, the reality is staggering.
If California's first-class horse racing tracks are to survive, they are in large part dependent on a third-place breeding program.
A track such as Santa Anita needs inventory, and if it didn't have California breds running, it probably would be racing only two days a week. Under that scenario, it wouldn't be long before the track would be turned into a residential or retail development. Or a sports stadium.
Doug Burge, president of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Assn., took up the challenge of figuring out a way to essentially bribe people to breed, buy and race here. "We have these carrots we put out...