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Jumping The Gun

Posted by on 1/27/2015 9:07:55 PM

Like we all learned decades ago in the botched prosecution of O.J. Simpson and more recently with the California decision to go to synthetic race, sometimes the powers that be take a preliminary step that they will inevitably regret.

This very well may be the case with the New York Racing Association and it’s decision to not allow a horse to race at Aqueduct more than once every 15 days.

The measure was adopted to address safety issues because of a number of breadowns at Aqueduct during this winter meeting.

But to make such a drastic decision, without any long-term proof or probable cause seems to just jump to conclusions.

To think about this rule for a second and one is reminded of the Triple Crown Trail. As all know, the runners are asked to win 3 races in 5 weeks and that means coming back in the Preakness 14 days after the Kentucky Derby. It’s good enough for that kind of task but not on an ordinary basis?

Back in the day Woody Stephens won the Belmont Stakes with Conquistador Cielo after winning theMet Mile just 6 days before. And great horseman John Veitch saddled Proud Truth to win the Discovery and then a week later watched as that charge took the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

These days, guys like D. Wayne Lukas have no qualms about bringing horses back quickly. David Jacobson, who wins everything in New York that is not nailed down, often times brings a horse back in a week and succeeds.

Lukas learned with Charismatic that he had to have a horse fit. That reformed claimer ran a ton of times and was fully seasoned before he won his Kentucky Derby.

It’s impossible not to bring up the same kind of knee jerk reaction the powers that be pulled in California after a rash of mishaps on the track.

They basically banned dirt racing. All of the tracks were told to get rid of the dirt and put in a synthetic surface to try to stop breakdowns and fatalities.

Well, one problem after another crept up and now, the dirt is back in full force as Del Mar will be back to a conventional dirt track this summer.

What the NYRA indicated in this rule is that the trainers don’t know what they are doing. They are saying they are incompetent and don’t know how to train.

This rule comes from some guys that don’t know what end of the horse eats.

Don’t worry about the 15-day rule, officials tell the fans because it is just a short-term thing and will not be in effect at Belmont and Saratoga.

So, let me get this right. This is implemented because it’s a good rule, but the rule will be scraped moving forward?

What’s up with that?

And it also goes to a fellow making a living. To tell a trainer that he cannot race and therefore cannot make money has far reaching and trickle down effects.

Only time will tell, and maybe I’m dead wrong.

Don’t think so.



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