*Please* send her to England for at least one big fillies race!
Congrats on getting that! I bet that was a really nice payout. :)
The Prix De L'Opera turned into a really great rendition this year, IMO. I'm kind of pleased Chicquita wasn't in it because I don't really think that she would've made it into the top three there either, especially not with JOB on her back, poor thing.
Frankly, I think Coolmore did exactly what I feared they would do when I found out she'd be kept in training. They completely screwed things up. I've felt that not racing her more this year made this a complete waste of time.
As for Harp Star, I really love her turn of foot, but that was a terrible ride indeed. It was like he wasn't able to keep up with where in the race he as until it was too late. And she spent pretty much all the race waaaay back in the last 3 or 4 or so and then travelled right to try to get through. If he'd timed it better, she could've really done something but it's hard to say if she'd be 2nd or what. What a shame. I would've loved to see her get an ideal run.
When American racing finally takes cases like these seriously and makes strict rules to be followed and then enforces said rules, THEN you'll be dealing with this problem. Until then all that's happening here is it's being swept under a rug temporarily after a slap on the wrist. That's not going to stop him from training horses and using drugs on them. It's not serving to stop owners who I'd assume have no emotional connection to their horses whatsoever from sending their horses to him and paying him obnoxious amounts to train them.
As far as I can tell trainers know even if they get caught the consequences aren't going to really affect them. I have to agree with both ILuvTurf and Mike here -- American trainers have become too reliant on drugs and many have forgotten how to properly train without drugs. I'd recommend that anyone wanting to become a trainer in America first do a spell as a assistant trainer in Ireland, the UK, or France before really going for it. I think a lot could be learned from having to train in an environment with strict regulations.
I'm doing alright, thank you, tmallios. :) I was unfortunately unwell for Arc week and didn't get to watch or do much more than make one post, but that has passed now. Otherwise, I'm just here but not always commenting. Mainly because someone else has already covered what I'd suggest for the most part or I missed the post somehow (it happens, I keep odd hours sometimes).
Hope all is well with you. I'm really hopeful to see Flintshire going stateside for the Breeders Cup Turf this year.
Excellent news! :)
Hey, Euro! Sorry for the delayed response. I've just come out of a week-long chronic migraine - missed all of Arc weekend, but will happily watch every race I want later. I just couldn't resist coming on to briefly see the results and make a comment - I really wanted to say more about quite a few of the races but I was feeling really unwell so didn't stay on any longer than briefly.
I'll see if I can find tmallios's post so I can reply! I've not had much going on aside from work and trying to guess which horses I wanted to back for Arc weekend. In the end I missed most of the excitement, but I'm mostly pleased with the results. Very thrilled especially with the Prix de l'Opera result - too bad about Sultanina being so far back, but I really love Ribbons and I was also pleased about We Are and Hadaatha of course. :D
I think the only real unpleasant shock I got was Chicquita in the Arc. I was not surprised to see her poor showing. How frustrating that they chose to do something like this when they gave her such a poor prep for the Arc. It's almost insulting. Not the way I'd hoped to see her off. :/
Second filly to win back to back Arcs after Corrida, I believe. :)
Such a shame... I rather hoped they'd be a little bolder with him. :/
Well, that's terribly disappointing to hear. I think he could take on the Arc and I thought that after how ambitious they've been and brave in not avoiding Australia that they'd go for the real big one. He has the pedigree of an Arc horse. I would've loved to see him and Ectot in this Arc together.
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