Thanks, amino. Sometimes I have to smh....
Nice of Daniel Ward to post here. If this DW is in fact the assistant trainer, then they apparently do care about finding out about dirt, as he is quoted in the BH article as saying the horse is shipping to Santa Anita next week specifically to see "how he trains on the dirt".
No defensiveness noted; I appreciate your input.
Northport, I wasn't criticizing Adena; I was stunned to see his name as I looked through the card at Sunland. The last I had known of him had been as an east coast horse, and yes, something apparently happened during the early part of his 3y/o season. That he was Adena bred caused me to think of you. I'll try to keep an eye on his situation. Thanks.
Yes, I said I believe you.
Tom, I believe you. I think we are talking about slightly different things. I respect your knowledge of the backside; it's just that I see everything (ask my family, LOL) from a clinical perspective.
Tom, I think you are alluding to the treatment of Mr. Rodriguez as being "singled-out"-- and I thought that was probably true because of the Banamine overages. I am talking about the mandatory drug testing of the horses for both the BC and TC races since the anabolics ban. It is being done on all participants and must be reported to the state regulators; I'm not sure how testing subjects are chosen for other races; that may be random or focused on certain individuals. Most states are looking at banning the glucocorticosteroids next, and that will deter/stop a lot of current abuses, I think. Testing is currently into detection at parts-per-trillion. http://thomastobin.com/drugsmeds/drugsmeds.htm
Are you asking about the first foal? If so, he was named Jess's Dream, but is usually called Taco because the farm workers began calling him that when he was very young.
Until the fall of 2008, anabolic steroids were not illegal for use in racing thoroughbreds in the U.S. Big Brown's case was particularly noticeable because of his reported behavior problems and Dutrow's ridiculously irresponsible remarks. As t_v has mentioned, Dutrow said (on camera) that he didn't know what anabolics did and I believe he even said he wasn't sure how much (the dosage) BB was being given. That was the spring of 2008. California officials knew they would have the BC there in the fall, and announced during the year that anabolic steroids would be banned for use in the state by (I think) September. Any horse running in the BC in 2008 had to be free of the anabolics, so it became mandatory for horsemen to comply. I scrolled through news articles and found the following dates for bans on anabolics: Kentucky 8/08; California 9/08; NY, Louisiana, and Ohio by 1/09. Other jurisdictions did as well. So, when Big Brown became the poster boy for his trainer's behavior, the anabolics were not illegal, but became that way soon thereafter. I think (as t_v says above) that BB was probably given really large doses. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/46702/chrb-steps-up-steroid-rule-enforcement
Thanks for reporting on his race, Northport. I had checked Equibase and knew I would not be able view it, but noticed that in the 6th race on the card today at Sunland, was Black N Beauty. He's an Ontario/Adena bred gelding and was entered in a $5,000-$10,000 claiming race, which he did win. I felt badly for him as I remember when he was considered to have "promise". I thought of you because of his Canadian history.
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