The derby to possibly get one gate

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TapitsGal
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Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:28 am

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... by-praised

Thoughts? I think its a step in the right direction BUT consideration should be made to limiting the field...they could follow Japan and limit the race to 18 starters max but imo 14-16 horses would be safer...if the preakness, Belmont, breeders cup and travers can only start 14 horses max...whys the derby an exception? And not that there's a cost to safety there NEVER is...how cost effective is it to buy a 20 horse gate that will get ONE use a year?
Somnambulist
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Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:17 am

The second gate has literally paid for itself 50 times over in handle.

I can't see this ever happening
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carole
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Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:36 am

I would love to see the field reduced to maximum 16 but I highly doubt it will happen.
peeptoad
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Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:34 am

"Classic Empire was in the 14 post, which sounds like a wonderful post because it's the outside post in the main gate. But look at it this way: If we are standing side by side and I hit you with my shoulder, I can nudge you a little. But if I go 15 feet with a running start and hit you, it will send you flying," Casse said.
pretty good analogy....
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Squeaky
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Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:11 pm

Need to drop field to 14 and use just the one standard gate.
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Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:38 pm

Squeaky wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:11 pm
Need to drop field to 14 and use just the one standard gate.
I wish... <sigh>
barbaro111
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Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:11 pm

Squeaky wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:11 pm
Need to drop field to 14 and use just the one standard gate.
That will never happen- until---there is a catastrophe-- we came pretty close last year to a catastrophe
IMO it is only a matter of time before it happens.
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Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:00 pm

barbaro111 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:11 pm
Squeaky wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:11 pm
Need to drop field to 14 and use just the one standard gate.
That will never happen- until---there is a catastrophe-- we came pretty close last year to a catastrophe
IMO it is only a matter of time before it happens.
It still would have been close to a supposed catastrophe if the field had only 12 in it. I’ve noticed a correlation between 18-20 horses and bad trips but not a blatantly unsafe race.
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