I'm wondering if she had another bleeding episode. It didn't appear that the jockey was urging her much, if at all, after she began to fall back. I re-watched the race and looked for commentary on DRF twitter, but couldn't find anything specific. (She had a published history of bleeding after the China Doll.)
Firing Line will be pointed to his first start of 2016 in March or April per Zetcher quote in a TDN article written November 17th. He is apparently training/working at a farm now. http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/getting-fired-up-for-next-season/
And it's a "secret", too. Apparently Dr. Yun was out of the loop...
I made an earlier comment; don't know why it's not showing. Gary Stevens has 9 Triple Crown race wins.
FJSO26, Gary Stevens has 9 Triple Crown race wins; 15 more TC "placings"; a total of 24 firsts, seconds, or thirds overall in TC races. Espinoza has 7 TC wins; a total of 10 1st, 2nds, or 3rds overall. Borel has 4 TC wins; 8 overall. Mike Smith has 4 TC wins; 19 overall. Equibase can confirm. Didn't look at Desormeaux; doubt he has more than Gary.
He was moving quickly and steadily once he started to roll, but as you say, was too far back from the beginning. Whether the distance is 9 or 10f., he must get into any given race sooner. Castellano managed to "hustle" him into the back of the first flight in the Travers, took him a bit wide, and never let up. This colt has had at least 8 different jockeys and I've begun to think that is (or has been) part of the problem. He needs a regular rider as he enters 2016; preferably an assertive one.
Eddie Arcaro--Master of the Triple Crown with TC wins on both Whirlaway and Citation; and Bill Hartack--5 time Kentucky Derby winner. ;)
She broke down at the quarter pole and will be euthanized per DRF McGee. https://twitter.com/DRFMcGee?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Thanks, ihatc; I'm thankful for you and all the pre-Disqus members who have remained to post here on HRN after the change brought about some differences in the initial format. I'm very thankful for Brian Zipse and the other partners/editors who listened when we asked for revisions to their original Disqus plan. And I'm thankful for HRN as a meeting place for everyone interested in horseracing to be able to exchange thoughts, ideas, and information. I'll be watching the races this holiday weekend with emphasis on the Curlin offspring (at least 6 of them) running at various tracks across the nation. :)
The portion of this ruling that makes a great deal of sense is the proposed banning of any drug/medication to a racehorse except as "actual therapy". They are going after the use of the thyroid replacement med/hormone thyroxine for anything other than its intended use--the intended use is for replacement purposes in animals or humans who are demonstrably hypo-thyroid. (Lacking in the natural production of adequate amounts of thyroid hormone(s) by their own thyroid gland.) It looks like they (NY) intend to make trainers and their vets produce thyroid lab tests/profiles to prove medical need. To my knowledge, the state of California did not make such changes following the Baffert episode. The way the BH story is worded appears that NY may possibly require proof of medical need for any/all prescribed meds/drugs for the horses in the future. That certainly would have nation-wide ramifications.
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