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It's time to embrace higher standards

Updated: January 12, 2011, 6:12 PM ET
By Claire Novak | Special to ESPN.com

Next week when horse racing's elite gather for a swank dinner at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, the winners of the 40th Annual Eclipse Awards will be made known. Most anticipated among 17 categories is, of course, the announcement of whether Blame or Zenyatta will be named Horse of the Year. Two human categories, however, raise an alarming question about the integrity of the sport.

These are the trainer and jockey titles, honors for individuals whose exemplary accomplishments make them ...

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