Now that the NY rule fiasco is over, can we finally focus on the race? I think the key to the race will be Espinosa and his ability to get good early positioning again and not moving too early. Hopefully, there will not be a repeat of his ride on War Emblem in the Belmont.
The NY Gaming Commission made the right call by consulting with medical professional and then adopting a new rule that makes it clear to everyone what is allowed. Leaving it up to the stewards to decide on a case-by-case basis is too arbirtrary. Hopefully they will get rid of the other so-called unwritten "house rules".
It's pretty clear that the CC owners walk to the beat of their own drums so it wouldn't surprise me if they scratched. And if CC does not run, the loss of TV ratings and revenue (admissions, concessions, merchandise, hotels, etc.) for the NY area would be huge and can not be downplayed.
Buckpasser: According to the ESPN report, nasal strips are not mentioned in the NY Gaming Commission's rules for Belmont Park. If this report is accurate, then to state that nasal strips are categoried by all racing jurisdictions as equipment may not be true and may be more interpretation than factual.
Buckpasser: Like they do with medications, any prohibitions or restrictions related to equipment should be made the state's governing body and not by stewards. The stewards should be enforcing the rules but not making them. Under this current rule, the stewards could hypothetically allow one horse to wear blinkers in a race but prohibiting other runners from wearing blinkers. It's too arbitrary.
If NY officials do not support the use of nasal strips, I have to wonder why they just don't they just adopt a rule that specifically bans it? Instead, they go with a rule that allows a bunch of bureaucrats to decide what is or is not allowed?? That really seems too arbitrary.
With the BC on her home track again, I'll take Beholder at 15-1.
Totally agree. What a great stretch duel! Can't watch to see the rematch at Ascot. Hopefully, they wil be joined by Japan's Gentildonna or Just A Way.
Shanghai Bobby comes to mind.
Cairo Prince comes to mind.
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