The word technology is completely up to the interpretation of the fan or racing participant. I for one am astonished at the lack of engineering that goes into the actual racing, given the amount of money involved with the industry. Horse Racing, like any other racing sport are subject to the same scientific laws of aerodynamics, physics, and dynamics. Yet, as only "tip of the iceberg" examples, we still see little non-aerodymanic cotton balls on the top of Jockey helmets, very little engineering into racetrack surfaces, and virtually the same racing materials (saddles, horse shoes, uniforms, etc.) being used year after year. For the amount money involved in racing, I would love to see trainers, owners, and enthusiasts alike all push for research to go toward legally engineering a faster horse, rather than trying to find the next "undetectable" substance to enhance performance at cost of athlete well being. Not that I want Horse Racing to become the next NASCAR or F1 racing circuit, but its interesting how those teams look for 0.005% opportunity of improvement in a mechanical system in order to get a legal edge on the competition, whereas in horse racing, there is huge, untapped, potential with people just ignoring it as if its not even there.
Hats off to the winner, but Wicked Strong ran the gutsiest race I've seen all year.
Do they all need to be on dirt? When was the last time a 3 year old champ contender was a primary turf runner?
Although not in the mix yet, where does Mr Speaker fit into this equation with a win on Saturday?
What a great run from Seek Again. He sure made this race a whole lot more fun.
It's unclear to me as well. I'll continue to dig into it, but its a major loss for the barn of John Moore. He still has Designs on Rome though. I hate to speculate, but I wonder if the HKJC had something to do with it because there could be a conflict of interest for the same trainer planning the schedules for the two top middle distance horses in HK.
Love the sarcasm, Brian. I too consider Palace Malice on top this year, but he is far more vulnerable. One bad performance doesn't change a horse's accomplishments and it shouldn't for Palace Malice in 2014. However, I will say this, as I have written before, given the very light campaigns that top horses run, there is very little margin for error. He needs to rebound with a big performance to not drop a few rungs on the ladder.
So crossing the line first isn't winning?
It's true ILTR. Many of their horses come from Europe, but they also get a ton from Australia/New Zealand and a good amount from the USA too.
The HKJC published some interesting season end statistics. Of 9627 total runners in Hong Kong during this season only 48 (0.5%) were found to have bled after racing. The published stats can be found here: http://campaign.hkjc.com/en/2014-se/2014-se-news.aspx
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