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Tyson – Holyfield fight breaks out in the 6th at Del Mar

Such savagery at the racetrack will not be tolerated!
Fans at Del Mar were treated to more than just an exciting finish in today’s sixth race, when Romeo Royale and Woodmans Luck approached the wire together in the one mile, optional claiming affair. Seemingly not able to get the best of his rival on the inside, it seems Woodmans Luck borrowed a page from Mike Tyson’s infamous book, How to win fans and satisfy your appetite at the same time. Rather than digging in with his four legs and giving it his all to stick his nose in front, Woodmans Luck instead reached over and tried to take whatever chunk out of Romeo Royale’s flesh a ferocious bite could muster.
The DRF race description for the feisty loser reads as follows, “Woodmans Luck settled between horses then inside, came out on the second turn and four wide into the stretch, drifted in some in midstretch, rallied outside to draw alongside the winner in deep stretch, tried to savage that rival near the wire and just missed.
My first thought after reading this race description was … Just missed what … his ear???
My next contemplation turned to the more sinister in nature. The conspiracy theorist in me wondered if trainer Mike Puype has started to teach his stable new, questionable, and downright ornery tactics. Perhaps Woodmans Luck is but the first of an entire Puype army ready to wage a toothy attack on anyone that dare stands in their way.
I quickly dismissed that idea and chalked it up to a lack of sleep. It’s more likely that Woodmans Luck was just having a bad day, or maybe he has just gotten sick and tired of losing. After today, his lifetime record now shows 7 second place finishes with only one win in nineteen lifetime starts … poor guy.
Oh well, in the end I guess I will just look to the vast wisdom of Clubber Lang … “I pity the fool!” I pity the unsuspecting fool who tries to feed Woodmans Luck a peppermint that is.

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Reminds me of the famous photo of the 1980 Tremont when Golden Prospector reached over and bit Golden Derby near the finish
I find the whole incident incredibly hilarious. Of course, if anyone had been hurt, it wouldn't be funny, but I look at it as boys will be boys, and guys never like losing. However, I think Woodmans Luck would be just fine with someone feeding him a peppermint...as long as there's no competition for that person's attention!
Agreed TV. things heat up when stallions or other young colts are around each other and it's incredible that there's not more attempts of fighting on the track
Or we need to hear the theme song from JAWS. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the race track.
That's funny. Kinda reminds me of Easy Goer-Sunday Silence, in the Preakness. I guess that was a little bit brought on, though, by Pat V.
surprised that this does not happen more than ti does for you see it a lot, or more acurately bluffing it, when horses are in a group in a corral. Territority thats what it is all about.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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