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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Shrunk in the Wash Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Dec 2020 at 8:46am
Brudder, I only saw the last 3 turf races. The leaders certainly dominated. 3 impressive winners or a track bias?
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I would have to say that the leaders on the turf had a distinct advantage.
That said, Sharing the favourite in the G1 American Oaks was close to the lead but had no kick in the end.
And Nasty the winner of the last race, although she led all the way she just beat the Irish bred
Counterplay Risk who was last early and 4 lengths from the leader as they entered the straight and flew like train late.


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Deep Within Relief Bill, Horse Racing Gets New Tools to Clean Up

A provision deep in the coronavirus stimulus package puts the United States Anti-Doping Agency in charge of regulating thoroughbred racing.


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The horse racing measure, which takes effect July 1, 2022, calls for a board overseen by the Federal Trade Commission to write rules and penalties to be enforced by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which regulates Olympic athletes in the United States and which revealed Lance Armstrong’s cheating and issued him a lifetime suspension in 2012.

“It gives the horse industry a future,” Arthur Hancock said. “We were a rogue nation — now we are not.”

The changes, certainly overdue, were needed badly.

In the spring, federal prosecutors issued indictments accusing more than 30 trainers, veterinarians and drug company representatives of doping racehorses and cheating the public.

The indictments told of a drug culture that had taken a deep hold within the sport, with owners chasing big purses and a fear among trainers to hold crooked competitors accountable. One of the people indicted was the trainer Jason Servis, who trained a well-known winner in Maximum Security and was accused of covertly administering performance-enhancing drugs to horses under his care. Servis pleaded not guilty.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/29/sports/horse-racing/horse-racing-doping-usada.html


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Quote, " We were a rogue nation .....now we are not " Unquote.
that would be a rough chance in the quote of the year field imo.Wink
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Four monBoldths to the Kentucky Derby - not so long when you consider that rites of spring in the NH begin with events which start to sift the youngsters.

This weekend we had two events which were run for the new 3YOs and they were lightweights IMO but its worth posting here.

The Listed Jerome Stakes (still remembering the old Jerome Park Racecourse 1866-1894 in the Bronx, NY) over a mile attracted a small field of five and was won by the Californian bred Capo Kane by 6 1/4 lengths in a time 1:38.02 on a muddy track. Capo Kane (Street Sense out of Twirl Me, by Hard Spun) is trained by the former English Steeplechase rider Harold Wyner at Parx (formerly Philadelphia Park or Philthy Park) but since its become a racino it is claiming to a nice proving ground before running in NYC.

At Santa Anita Park had five entrants of which two were trained by HOFamer Bobby Baffert showed up for the G3 Sham Stakes also over the mile distance. Baffert claimed his 7th win in this event which was being held for the 20th time (inauguarted in 2001 which Baffert won with an entry). Life Is Good (Into Mischief out of Beach Walk, by Distorted Humor) started as the prohibitive 1/5on favourite after he toyed with his opposition in his 9 1/2 length maiden win at Del Mar and won holding off his stablemate Medina Spirit by 3/4 length in a time of 1:36.63. Third place finisher Parnelli was 13 lengths away so you can just about say that Bobby B. will have another highly qualified prospect if not two come the first Saturday in May.

As a side Bob Baffert trained Authentic who won this event last year and went on to win the Kentucky Derby and the G1 Breeders' Cup Classic which will probably get him HOYear honours for 2020 shortly.
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US Hall of Fame trainer Jonathon Sheppard, 80, has retired from training in the US.

 In his 56-year career he attained to be the National Steeplechase Association's all-time leading trainer by wins (1,242) and purse earnings ($24,902,442). He has been the champion trainer by wins 26 times, and he has led the sport by purses in 29 years, both records.

Jonathan E. Sheppard was born Dec. 2, 1940, in the Hertfordshire hamlet of Ashwell, approximately 45 miles north of London. His father, Daniel, was a Jockey Club handicapper, and as a result Sheppard was exposed to racing at an early age. For several reasons, however, a racing career in England was impossible.


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OZ bred mare Oleksandra, G1 winner here in the US resumes in the G3 Las Cienegas Stakes today at Santa Anita and will face known foe Jolie Olympica (BRZ) whom she was beaten by in May last year in the G2 Monrovia Stakes. Both mares have had minor injury problems but if they are at their best it should be memorable clash.

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The clash between Oleksandra and Jolie Olympica (BRZ) in the G3 Las Cienegas Stakes never happened. Poor Oleksandra had her heels clipped soon after the start when Lighthouse bumped into Superstition who in turn shoved Oleksandra and jockey found himself unable to hold the reins and landed backside on the turf.

Oleksandra continue to run and looked unharmed attempt to finish in her usual style.

The winner Charmaine's Mia (16/1) won by 2 1/2 lengths in a record time of 1:07.81 for the 6 furlong sprint.

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Thanks for keeping us up to date Brudder.  Star
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The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues with the qualification G3 Lecomte Stakes from The Fair Grounds in New Orleans this Saturday. Eleven 3YOs are lining up for this 1 1/16 miles event. A couple of horse who showed form as juveniles are entered including Midnight Bourbon who ran 2nd in the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs and was not disgraced returning in the G1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park in October in third place. Also Arabian Prince who finished 3rd in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club is an interesting entry by sire multiple G1 winner Mshawish. Red N Wild is another worthy mention, finished third in the Springboard Mile at Remington Park in Oklahoma City in December but did not receive any points due to running with medication (Lasix). This year horses that run with medication and are placed in qualifying events receive no points toward qualification to the Kentucky Derby.
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