I think I know who you're referring to, and I totally agree. We'd never claim from him. A friend who manages a partnership that races mostly in Kentucky and Oaklawn recently claimed a young $30k horse from that trainer, despite my concerns. He looked so good on paper, and he'd been trained by Shug before that trainer got him.Curtis wrote: ↑Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:19 pmI dunno Barry. You currently have a horse with someone I wouldn’t have train one of my goats.Sparrow Castle wrote: ↑Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:55 pmLetters to the Editor: Barry IrwinMore: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/le ... y-irwin-4/...
The vast majority of folks in the industry are hunkered down in their own separate bunkers and do not want to have to think about the integrity of the race. They just want to keep on keeping on, because the game has been so good to them.
While these neo-Romans are content to listen to the lilting music from Nero’s strings, the world all around them is crumbling.
This week, the Association of Racing Commissioners International announced sweeping proposed changes in the severity of penalties and fines they suggest imposing on parties found guilty of cheating. They put together a blue-ribbon panel of well-intentioned industry experts to come up with the framework.
My response to yet another committee, board or group coming up with something that has teeth in it is as follows: wake me when it’s over please.
My problem is that no matter how many rules, substandard tests and other measures are introduced, one thing in the struggle to rid the game of cheats remains constant: no jurisdiction in all of North American racing has yet shown the will necessary to move the ball an inch.
Is the mood right for trainers, veterinarians and owners to realize that it is time not only to close the medicine cabinet, but to address the elephant in the room?
People: the biggest names in the game are trashing our sport by the illegal use of PEDs and they are flaunting it right in our faces. They are rubbing our clean-scrubbed faces right in the muck pit.
Are we going to stand up and do something about it? Or are we going to continue to ignore it or simply complain about it to our wives?
Let’s reach out to our leaders of the alphabet organizations and tell them to start representing us as responsible participants in the industry and get real.
C’mon ladies and gentlemen. Let’s have an industry we can be proud of. Isn’t that what it’s really all about?
My friend's trainer discovered he had some strange quirks, like he would run full speed into his stall as if he were fleeing a predator. He had a big cut across his forehead the morning they flew in to meet him just before his first race for them. He also said he saw signs of healing injuries to his hips and and a knee, probably banged them up during one of his previous charges into his stall. His trainer said he'd never seen anything like it, and tried to get him over it but nothing had worked to that point. A real shame he said because the horse has a nice temperament and he really liked him.
This horse had been running well, with only one off-the-board finish, and broke his maiden in the race they claimed him from. But he looked awful in his first-off-the-claim race at the same level, finishing dead last with a 21 Equibase speed figure vs 85 in his prior race. My friend and his trainer were glad that he got claimed again from that race, lesson learned. I hope his new trainer gets him right mentally and he has a nice racing career.
The sport really needs to get rid of jerks like that!