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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Churchill stewards in spotlight again

A year after the Life At Ten Fiasco, the Churchill Downs stewards, more so than anyone else, needed a good couple of days at the Breeders' Cup to redeem themselves and to restore the public's confidence in them. It didn't happen. The one time they were called upon to make a decision they got the call so wrong that their competence was again called into question.

Goldikova was penned down on the inside in the Breeders' Cup Mile and rider Olivier Peslier, desperate for room, made an abrupt move to the left and slammed into Courageous Cat, nearly dropping rider Pat Valenzuela. That kicked off a chain reaction in which a bunch of horses were involved.

The stewards did not post the inquiry sign, but that happens. There was a lot going on in the race and the field was a big one -- it's easy to understand how they could have missed it.

Valenzuela and Courageous Cat finished last of 13, so the rider had nothing to gain by claiming foul. One can only imagine that Valenzuela was so irate by Peslier's move that he decided to stick it to the French rider by claiming foul and having Goldikova come down after she finished third. He gave the same stewards who did not light the inquiry sign a chance to redeem themselves.
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Ok so I have a question about this. When I originally saw the race and she made that move I immediately thought oh yes she has to be taken down. I was sad cause on her last race that's not a way you want this fabulous horse to go out. But my question is, it looked like Courageous Cat was fading out of contention, does anyone think that has anything to do with the call? Because it wouldn't have made a difference because he was fading and wasn't going to win? I'm just asking, I'm not a genius at this horse racing stuff :) I'm just glad everyone emerged okay and unharmed.
Last Year on the Friday I had the triactor until the stewards took my horse down. I believe it was the ist time for that. How would you feel if your had Court Vision,Turallure, Gio Ponte & Mr.Commons in a tri box or heavens forbid in a super box. From what I saw Goldikova should have been taken down and put behind Courageous Cat who she obviously interfered with and finished last. With the 7-5 favorite out of the picture just try to imagine what the tri would have paid? how much for the super? Are we talking $ 500,000. Its absolutely criminal that this horse was not placed last. Thank God I didn't have the ticket I just mentioned above. The stewards should be fired!
the rules should be uniform no matter the level of racing. FAVORITISM was obvious in that one
The racing stewards job is to protect the integrity of the sport. Unfortunately, history has proven, when it comes to major stake races they would rather turn a blind eye, then take a horse down. We, who were there...saw it. Goldiova (as much as I love this filly) should have been brought down. In 1980 Codex should have been brought down after his rider hit Genuine Risk in the face with his crop, during the Preakness. That didn't happen either. These types of incidents that are not taken seriously by the stewards are an insult to everyone involved. Owners, jockeys, trainers and the fans rely on these referees of our sport, to give us a fair race - win, lose or dead heat. All we ask is to keep the integrity...in tact.

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