Reader Forum: On Patch's retirement and the dazzling No Parole

January 13, 2020 11:10am

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Last week it was announced that one-eyed fan favorite
Patch has been retired and will spend his days at Old Friends Farm near Lexington, Ky. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 6-year-old son of Union Rags had a large fan base as evidenced by the well wishes heaped upon him by HRN readers.



No Parole, a Louisiana-bred colt trained by Tom Amoss, made it 2-for-2 in his young career when he won against winners for the first time on Saturday at Fair Grounds. Winning by 14 1/4 lengths, Amoss indicated No Parole will run against open company next time out.



Another up-and-coming star may be Mark Casse's Untitled, a 3-year-old son of Khozan who just came over from the Ralph Nicks barn following a private purchase by Gary Barber.

Casse thinks Untitled 'could be exceptional.' HRN readers debated whether they agreed:




Hidden Scroll is set to come off the bench following eight months away from the track. A former Kentucky Derby hopeful, the Bill Mott-trained, Juddmonte Farms-owned son of Hard Spun, Hidden Scroll is entered in a race at Gulfstream Park this Friday.

An impressive debut winner at three, Hidden Scroll has an unconventional stride. HRN readers debated the motion:



Finally, the ongoing saga of the Justify medication overage of scopolamine prior to his Triple Crown run of 2018 is making its way to the courts. Trainer Mick Ruis acknowledged he will file a lawsuit against the California Horse Racing Board claiming the CHRB did not follow their own rules by trying to hide the test results which should have disqualified Justify in the Santa Anita Derby.

 

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