Its in part the strict adherence to tradition that is hurting the Jockey club and the industry. Its embryo transfer, live cover and extends to jockey weight limits (how many 5ft 90 pound men do you know today?), and even how they attract people to the track. That's why the tracks are closing and those that are open are in such trouble.
The mare is a PR
minefield. No matter what you do someone will think its wrong. You don't breed her and your missing out on mega money. You do breed her and people are not happy. I think she is a celebrity in her own equine right. That said, among the average joe Q populous she is not known. People that follow racing know about this mare. She is a good mare but she is not secretariat.