Mr Phipps, when has government regulation of ANYTHING ever turned out for the good? You think that is a good solution? . I will say that some things need to change but you sir with your notoriety should be an ambassador for the good things in this great sport instead of publicy making it appear as though ALL people in the sport are cheaters. YOU are helping to give racing a bad reputation with your continued statements. You are also crucifying Mr Asmussen publicly when the PETA video did NOT show any illegal activities whatsoever. It is NOT illegal to give theraputic medication to horses--in fact it is the humane thing to do. Are we to believe that NONE of your horses EVER receive ANY medication? I highly doubt it and I in fact hope that is not the case. I also hope for your sake that nobody ever comes to your barn with a video camera while a horse is getting an injection and that they don't then proceed to put it on the internet and call you and your staff abusers. Activist groups that wish to make things look bad for their own agenda should not be given a forum to spout their extremist views. And lastly, if you think vet records should be public, why just for the triple crown? Why not all races? Why not the breeding farms? Shouldn't we all then know what went into the horses all their lives? Why don't you start - Orb's records first....
Good luck to you! Hope to see you in the Derby winners circle one day! You seem to have an excellent handle on things and it is so nice to see that in young people interested in the sport. This gives me hope for racings future!
Why all the love for Bayern who has a maiden and allowance win to his credit? That did not work out too well for Social Inclusion.... He may be all that but I don't understand how he could be anywhere near Tapiture as favorite considering the difference in their records.... I'm going with Tapiture to win and Ride On Curlin second...
Sorry I have to disagree that either Wicked Strong or Samraat deserved a higher number than California Chrome!
LOL! He used a lot of words but didn't really say anything meaningful!
I have been reading your writing since I saw something you wrote awhile back on Native Dancer. He is my all time favorite too - since I was 7 - but that was quite a long time ago now. I think you have a great talent for writing and analyzing horses and races. I'm sure you will be a success in whatever you choose to do. Best of luck!
You stated that you believe in "innocent until proven guilty" but the tone of your article suggests otherwise. And look at the comments talking about illegal medications and him abusing hiis horses - NOWHERE in the video did those things take place!!!
Good luck to you Grace! Hope to see you in the winners circle the first Saturday in May! By the time you are training I am sure you will have learned that what "show or pleasure" horse people say about horse training does not apply to race horses. When I was young I heard the same thing about racing two year olds because in other disciplines they wait a bit longer. However, research has shown that horses that run at two are actually MORE sound than those who don't. Training them at a young age actually helps them develop proper bone etc. There are a number of studies out there you can read about.... Good luck to you!
Love Midnight Hawk! He does not have to win but run well and I will be keeping him on my top 5 Derby list.
Since it is becoming so common not to race at two, I am sure we will eventually have another Derby winner who started his career at 3.....however I do NOT believe that horse will have a shot at the triple crown due to lack of foundation. In fact, I don't feel we will have another triple crown winner until the trainers stop coddling the horses and start racing them enough to get fit and working them long enough to develop the bottom needed for 3 races in 5 weeks.....
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