Agreed, Hannah. Its a message to all the critics of the sport who could come back later and say Victor endangered the horse or cheated the backers of Sky Kingdom. Even though we know the truth of it, the sport can't have bad press if someone were to look at this and claim a lack of punishment for an action to intentionally change the result of the race. For the record, I do not think Victor did anything wrong. I'm just trying to read between the lines based on the last 8 weeks of the NFL, the previous PITA stuff in the spring, and the fact that the CHRB has to host the breeders cup in 5 weeks. Do you think they want Mike and Victor taking swings at each other on national TV after the Breeders Cup Classic?
Was this worthy of a 7 day suspension? Absolutely not. But will this serve as warning to any other rider looking to take a horse out of the race intentionally, ABSOLUTELY. The last thing the CHRB needs is to be compared to Roger Goodell for not making the rules clear if rider takes it one step further than Victor did resulting in rider, horse or both get hurt. This is nothing more than a political play. Its not a reflection on the Awesome Again, the race riding, or the three year old championship. Its a clear message saying "cut the riff raff" 5 weeks before the on of the biggest weekends in the sport.
Horse, groom, and exercise rider are all on track to ship to Santa Anita on Friday, however trainer Michael Chang has encountered Visa issues that will keep him from entering the USA for at least 2 weeks. This means the trainer will likely not be on hand for Rich Tapestry's preparation and race in the Santa Anita Sprint Championships.
This is great news. I am happy that Dogwood and Three Chimneys have given this consideration. I still remember sprinting to the track from a very far parking spot on Sunshine Millions day in 2013 to just make it in time to watch him make his 3 year old debut. He finished 2nd that day. I do not think he has much left to prove on dirt, so I wonder if they want to try turf, or perhaps take a stab at the Dubai World Cup. No matter the decision, I know they will do whats best for the horse, but it sure would be fun to see him take on the likes of California Chrome and Shared Belief in 2015.
I sure wouldn't leave him off my ticket. He'll have very attractive odds come Nov 1st, but the real question is if he can translate his synthetic form to dirt. Shared Belief may be the one to beat, but go watch the Pac Classic again. Toast of New York had a very strong finish for having a less than ideal trip the last 1/4 mile.
Run the same race at 9 furlongs and Sweet Reason looks get really darn close at the wire. Was a great race for Untapable off the layoff and the loss in the Haskell, but Sweet Reason impressed me more, especially after the antics in the gate.
Very nice analysis, Sullivan. What are your thoughts on Gio Ponti or Animal Kingdom?
Despite not being allowed to use Lasix by the HKJC, Rich Tapestry is still on track to come to Santa Anita for an attempt at the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint. He'll possibly plan to run in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship as a prep and then train toward the Breeders' Cup. Despite no Lasix and being unraced since April, this horse has recently won two barrier trials and did so in very fine form. Watch for a huge price on a horse that has proven to travel well, and can possible adapt to the dirt in Southern California. His two Barrier trials can be seen here http://www.hkjc.com/english/racing/Track_Result.asp?txtHorse_BrandNo=N011
HE was a special one. When on his game, he was so much fun to watch. Best wishes in his retirement, he sure has earned it.
Although never being the most consistent finisher, Wigmore Hall, without a doubt, was always a stakes quality horse for his entire career. I am very sad to hear of his passing. RIP.
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