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Jockey's and Trainer's Thread   Horse Racing

Started 3/9/12 by SmittyCat3; 412033 views.
Derby132

From: Derby132

3/17/12

Oh this was a treat to read!  Thanks so much for posting it.  I like Caton Bredar, she is genuine.  And heck she is a good writer!  Would love to see more of this from her.  Thanks for the link.  Totally new website for me.
SmittyCat3

From: SmittyCat3

3/17/12

I thought it was well written too...Zoe Cadman tweeted it - Zoe's another great ambassador for the sport. 

Such a shame that HBO trainwreck was such a wasted opportunity.... As I said to Linda VA, I wish someone could help people see the sport we see, warts and all..Not just the warts.
Derby132

From: Derby132

3/17/12

Sometimes I think we'll only ever get there in baby steps.  But recently I am really and truly heartened at the direction things are going.  Now Luck didn't help but there does seem to be a positive momentum especially with the building focus on giving the horses new life after the track.  That is my main concern because, as you posted, without that too many go to slaughter. 

The quick reaction of NYRA to the recent fatalities is something I never though I would see and I am very pleased.  Now it took 17 deaths which is unforgivable,  and it took a directive from the state but at least there is a change coming.  And the message that the sport is being watched closely.

SmittyCat3

From: SmittyCat3

3/17/12

Speaking of which- what do you think about the move to cut purses for low level claimers? I don't know enough about the claim game to have an opinion

Derby132

From: Derby132

3/17/12

Absolutely needed.  The high purses for these claiming races a direct contributor to the recent high fatality rate.   Good info in the article you posted and more on the Aqueduct thread.  
SmittyCat3

From: SmittyCat3

3/17/12

Thanks for your take on it - I'll go look at the Big A thread.

Guess we can hope for a triple crown winner this year - that would certainly be damage control!
SmittyCat3

From: SmittyCat3

3/17/12

Thanks for this - I'm so glad he's going to work horses for a couple of days this time before testing his foot from the starting gate!

I wish him Buena Suerte, as always....  
GreybirdK

From: GreybirdK

3/18/12

That's just it, and you've got it: "Luck" only showed the warts, the dysfunction and corruption. I've watched most of every episode at least once, and what's left out is the bond between fans and the racing community.  Like what Team Zenyatta did yesterday, sitting out in the cold signing posters because they understand it matters that fans love their mare.  And it doesn't matter that some of those posters are already up on eBay for inflated prices.  What matters is they did it for love.  That was the big ingredient missing at HBO when they envisioned this show.  And starting out with a mean, cynical vision led to hurting horses, in my opinion.         
SmittyCat3

From: SmittyCat3

3/18/12

I'm no expert, but I think the lack of understanding of horse handling reflected a lack of understanding of the game. 
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