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    U.S. Open vs. Santa Anita Derby

    Did anyone else catch this paragraph at the tail end of the Velonews story on the U.S. Open?

    "The overall purse for the event was $40,000 - $30,000 for the men's race and $10,000 for the women. By contrast, the overall purse for the sporting event that followed the U.S. Open on NBC, the Santa Anita Derby horse race, had a purse of $750,000. The horse race was held under warm, sunny skies and lasted 1 and 1/8 miles."

    http://www.velonews.com/race/dom/articles/12007.0.html

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    Good catch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backinthesaddle
    Did anyone else catch this paragraph at the tail end of the Velonews story on the U.S. Open?

    "The overall purse for the event was $40,000 - $30,000 for the men's race and $10,000 for the women. By contrast, the overall purse for the sporting event that followed the U.S. Open on NBC, the Santa Anita Derby horse race, had a purse of $750,000. The horse race was held under warm, sunny skies and lasted 1 and 1/8 miles."

    http://www.velonews.com/race/dom/articles/12007.0.html
    haha. just thought id throw out there that the town the santa anita derby is held is my hometown. i shall be returning home for summer in 5-6 weeks. woot for awesome weather!

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    Well considering a winning horse can have stud fees that range from $50,000 to $500,000 the prize money isn't a big surprise...horse racing is big big bucks my friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
    Well considering a winning horse can have stud fees that range from $50,000 to $500,000 the prize money isn't a big surprise...horse racing is big big bucks my friend.
    +1

    Back in the day, Secretariat's initial offering was $100,000 ! Unfortunately, his performance in the breeding shed never lived up to his performance on the track...

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
    Well considering a winning horse can have stud fees that range from $50,000 to $500,000 the prize money isn't a big surprise...horse racing is big big bucks my friend.
    I liked caught the last paragraph in the Velonews article as well. A good report on the whole I might add.

    Svein Tuft is a horse. I wonder what his stud fee value is now.

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    When people will pay to watch a road bike race, then the winnings might go up.

    The whole thing looked to be one big gigantic ad for Virginia and Richmond toruism and since (as I recall) all the ads were for Williamsburg, or Virginia, or Richmond, or talking about their various bike trails, it looked to be a time buy. I do not recall seeing one "normal" ad (like maybe Gatorade, or Nike, or Charles Schwab or something...).

    I enjoyed watching it. But my guess is that most of the cash came from the various tourism groups in that area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
    Well considering a winning horse can have stud fees that range from $50,000 to $500,000 the prize money isn't a big surprise...horse racing is big big bucks my friend.
    Think keirin racers are bred like horses in Japan?
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    How much does Svein Tuft charge for stud fees?

    My wife and I are thinking about adding another to the brood and I was hoping for better cycling genes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadwarrior
    The whole thing looked to be one big gigantic ad for Virginia and Richmond toruism and since (as I recall) all the ads were for Williamsburg, or Virginia, or Richmond, or talking about their various bike trails, it looked to be a time buy. I do not recall seeing one "normal" ad (like maybe Gatorade, or Nike, or Charles Schwab or something...).
    In other words, the commercials were no different than what Versus did for the Tour of California.
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