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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 Jul 2008 5:49 a.m. PST

The historical society Vadis Al Maximo hopes to stage a major event next year, which would reproduce the thrills and spills of competitive charioteering, beloved of both the Romans and Greeks. ''The event would last three days, starting on October 17, at the same period when the race took place in Roman times,'' explained Vadis Al Maximo head, Franco Calo.

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Jovian1 Inactive Member16 Jul 2008 6:15 a.m. PST

I am betting on the Red team! Sounds like it would be an interesting event – and perhaps something that could be done instead of modern horse racing with all of the allegations of doping in the horse racing world now!

Perhaps TMP could sponsor a team – I'm sure there is someone on here who would be willing to put together a team and race them!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2008 6:47 a.m. PST

I'm betting on team Green. I'd rather win Venus' favours :)

Schogun16 Jul 2008 9:34 a.m. PST

I'm betting on Charlton Heston.

CeruLucifus16 Jul 2008 10:41 a.m. PST

I doubt the sport will be free of allegations of misconduct.

There was a Rodney Dangerfield movie in the 80s where he went to the horse race track with some friends and the jockies were riding little carts behind the horse -- basically chariots, right? And the horse he'd bet on, the jockey blatantly pulled the horse back to keep it from winning. Rodney's character was so mad he was going to jump out of the stands and pick a fight with the jockey for fixing the race but his friends restrained him.

Ah, here it is, "Easy Money" (1983): imdb.com/title/tt0085470

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2008 5:46 p.m. PST

Blue all the way, you dirty Green dog!

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2008 5:49 p.m. PST

Donrice, harness racing used to be notorious for fixed races. It almost closed down Pocono Downs, a few miles from where I live, a few years ago.
It's very easy. If you are leading, all the jockey has to do is get the horse to "break strid", that is actually run. Then, he has to drop bak to last place befotre he can actually "pace". It is as dumb as humans in heel-and-toe walking races.

pphalen Inactive Member16 Jul 2008 7:16 p.m. PST

and perhaps something that could be done instead of modern horse racing with all of the allegations of doping in the horse racing world now!

What allegations?
Feeding horses Steroids is not illegal, so there is rampant agreement that the breeders used them?!?

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