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I thought this was a hoot.
"The court delved into the tactics the racing office used to “hustle” horses into races when there was not an adequate amount of entries and found that providing trainers with information about the horses already entered was not uncommon."
So basically, this is SOP at NYRA. Everyone is doing it so they can't pick her out of the lineup. (and I agree, they can't hold her to a different standard than everyone else).
Just maybe though, they should do something about this widely-practiced "offense". (not my word, but theirs). I mean, if it is negative enough to in their own eyes to attempt to remove a trainer's license for the offense, , maybe they should just stop allowing the practice in general?
Welcome to US Racing.
People who have been around NY racing for some time will not be able to remember a time when it was on the square.
How many race tracks are on the square? How many race tracks in the US outside of NY have the same problem with influence peddling in the racing secretary's office and doping out inside information to get an "edge"?
The better question might be - name a jurisdiction in the US where the racing is on the square.
Of course, but they tried to take her license away when the truth is that everyone does it and it was pretty much admitted that they do.
I'd have been embarassed that they found out the racing sec does this all the time, so I'm at a loss to know why they targetted Rice specifically.
So now that everyone knows this is a common practice, will they backpedal and make it NOT a customary practice, or will they just stop harassing certain trainers for doing it, and not harass others?
It just made no sense to me.
Of course, I got your point. I was simply sounding off about the state of the sport. The questions you ask are very valid.
Will the sport stop the gamesmanship with the racing secs? Who the hell knows.
Was Rice singled out? Yes. in the same manner Rick Dutrow got popped for 10 years and others get 10 minutes, 10 hours or 10 days and if they are really, really bad - 10 weeks. More 10 year bans and watch how fast these crooks straighten out.
Holding riders to account is necessary. It's a big blind spot in the US sport. If they feel some pain in their pocket books over and above their gains, they would straighten up very quickly.
I knew the race you were talking about, Plus. I agree.
The court's decision is botched.
Firstly, the conditions of a claim race offered to the public are not true conditions for entry; under the noted exceptions.
And,as sanctioned by NY racing commission rules.
This is an extremely under the carpet court ruling of the claim entry practice that needs to be corrected.