Wednesday, April 1, 2009
California Horseracing Industry Leaders (CHIL) has announced a bold plan aimed at preserving horseracing in the face of recent and imminent racetrack closures -- micro racing. By using miniature horses (averaging 3 inches in height), races will be confined to tiny tracks that can be built quickly and located just about anywhere.
Based on a 1/100 scale, the micro racetrack will be 5.28 feet in circumference -- small enough to fit on a coffee table. The smaller tracks are inexpensive to install and can be maintained with tiny garden rakes, eliminating the need for expensive harrowing and renovation equipment.
"These pocket ponies are just as cute as can be," said CHIL chairman Prof. Arthur Wagstaff. "And, along with their little bitty racetracks, we believe they will be a real boon to racing. Just think of the money we can save," Wagstaff continued. "Racetracks can be set up in little dioramas, complete with rows of tiny barns!"
The first of the mini tracks will open almost immediately. "Our kick-off for Micro Racing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, or April Fool's Day," Wagstaff concluded.