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Shake It Up Baby, Now

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 12/13/2010 4:20:49 PM

“Shake it up baby now, twist and shout, come on baby now, work it on out. You know you got me going now, just like I knew you would.”

Well, the Beatles penned the tune, but there are a few trainers on both coasts who may have been humming along while some of their steeds were given milkshakes.

A milkshake in regards to horse racing is a baking-soda solution that is fed through a horse’s nostril, directly to the stomach. It is some times combined with other substances, maybe sugar or another drug. What the combination does is neutralize the buildup of lactic acid, which is produced as horses run and exercise. So when the lactic acid is neutralized, the horse becomes less fatigued, less tired, and is able to run faster and sometime further.

Testing can become expensive, so California has taken a stance of identifying trainers that have had horses test positive and then letting the sport police itself and in itself is not that bad of an idea.

Also once the positives are out in the open, they are out in the open.

A horse is considered to have tested positive with a reading of 37 millimoles per liter of plasma.

Mike Mitchell, one of the leading Southern California trainers who is popping at 19% this at Hollywood this meet and at 24% for the year, has begun serving a 15-day suspension resulting from one of his horses testing positive for an excessive level of total carbon dioxide.

According to a recent ruling from Hollywood Park stewards, Mitchell was initially fined $5,000 and suspended 60 days after The Phenom tested positive following the first race at Oak Tree Racing at Hollywood Park on Oct. 24

However, under terms of a stipulated agreement, 45 days of the suspension was stayed and the trainer was placed on probation for one year.

The Phenom finished second on 10/24 but was subsequently disqualified from any purse monies as a result of the test.

Phenom went off at 9-5, had the lead turning for home before faltering to 6-5 choice in the race Sammy Choi.

For the bettors, this is just one more indication that you have to not only be good, but also be lucky to win in this game. Mitchell has been around for decades, has had success and has been the leading trainer at just about every stop in Southern California and is great with reformed claimers.

He has a good eye for a horse and has been winning with first off the claim runners for years. He also has proven he can take a good horse and get him to compete in stakes company as he has had several claimers jump into stakes and win.

One of the reasons for the change in the suspension could be just due to reality and the reality is that California struggles to fill fields every single day.

To lose a high-profile trainer for 2 months would severely impact the number of horses on any racing card.

For the player, look for the Mitchell barn to thrive when he gets back. There is nothing wrong with having a vacation around this time of the year and one would expect that when the trainer is back saddling horses, he’ll win in bunches once again.

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