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Breeders' Cup 2017

Gulfstream to Provide More Info on DQ's

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Gulfstream Park announced today it will begin instituting changes to provide bettors more information and greater transparency whenever there is a disqualification or objection on any of its races.               

"We truly believe the bettor deserves a detailed explanation as to why a horse has been disqualified," said Gulfstream President Tim Ritvo. "The bettor is not only the economic engine that drives this sport, but he and she is also the biggest fan of the sport. We need to continue to find ways to improve the integrity and transparency of the sport. We have not done a good job explaining why our stewards have disqualified a horse, and we're going to change that. We have a few changes we will implement immediately, but we are studying a number of other ideas, including a camera and microphone in the stewards' booth."                

Track announcer Larry Collmus will provide a detailed explanation for the ruling while a replay of the infraction is highlighted and played from pan and head-on angles. A statement by the stewards will be posted on Gulfstream Park's website under disqualifications.               

"I have talked to several track officials and respected stewards over the past week and we've discussed several ways of being more transparent when it comes to objections and inquiries," Ritvo said. "Obviously, there's never going to be a 100 percent consensus whether a horse should or should not be taken down. We want stewards to be consistent, but we also want them to treat each race individually because every scenario is different. We also want them to be quick, but sometimes decisions take longer, especially after a turf race because stewards must wait for the jockeys to come back. But we feel we can provide our bettors more information and information that's more timely.                

"There will be things we add, maybe a few we eventually subtract, but our decisions will be based on what is best for our bettors," Ritvo said. "If these changes work at Gulfstream, we will roll them out across all Stronach Group tracks."


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One thing has nothing to do with the other.This change of policy in transparency is pathetic. This guy desstroyed every piece of Racing Property he has touched . I just never thought it would stoop as low as to stiff a patro. How wrong i was.Never underestimate Saint Francisco. If you got a bone with CD then take it up with them. These are the real reasons for the games demise,not the ones people post about the Breeding game going to the dogs with lack of Stamina.The game is being run by crooks,for lack of a better word. When they decide to clean up their game .Then the other parts will follow. But what happened at GP last week is unforgivable. It wa an obvious ploy to rob a patron. The odds of a DQ were 85% no 15% yes. I do not read Haskins articles on Bloodhorse. But i think Amino posted were he said it ws the worst ever. Under the circumstance it probably was. Because it was done with a malicious intent.
I wonder if this is in response to the scathing call for more transparency that was put up on the Paulick Report?
Ya because Churchill downs and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission are so much better. I remember a LOT of people getting screwed out of their money in the Distaff when nobody scratched poor Life at Ten. Instead they take our money into their pools and load the horse in the gate, only for her to gallop around 50 lengths behind the field. What was the win money in that pool for Life at Ten?. I know it is not 1.5 mill to one person. But again who is refunding me my money?..nobody.
Way to go Saint Francisco Stronach.Very cheap and shallow public apology to the poor guy your organization stiffed for about 1.5 Millin last week. No problem Francisco,i'm sure you and your cronnies who run what is called a Racetrack. I am sure you needed the money more than he did.
Way to go Gulfstream! I think this is a positive step in the right direction.

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