Tongues are wagging over the scratch of I Said Diamonds from the Jugette yesterday, the result of "unauthorized persons" being in the Jugette Barn. I won't be mentioning who the individual(s) allegedly were but I imagine if you are resourceful you'll see who people are speculating about.
Of course, this is not the first time someone unauthorized was present in a barn at Delaware. Unfortunately, this is one of the downsides of having the stable area so accessible to the public. Perhaps these people feel they will mix in with the public; that no one will notice them. Maybe it is just a brazen contempt for the racing rules.
Unless the racing press spikes the story, I imagine more details will be forthcoming. As many of you, I look forward to learning all the facts and to see if there will be any consequences for anyone who violated the rules. There is no sense not to discuss the story, after all we have learned not discussing these issues fails to solve these issues. Only a frank discussion of what happened and its eventual disposition will lead us to clean up these types of cases.
Over at the Paulick Report, there is a story regarding the Stronach Group informing two trainers their entries will not be accepted at any of their racing facilities, apparently the result of a trainer serving as a 'paper' trainers, something in harness racing we call a 'beard'. I find this type of reaction to paper trainers quite refreshing, especially with the exception of the Meadowlands, it seems transferring horses to a beard and racing them doesn't seem to cause anything more than a yawn. Why do most tracks allow these beards amazes me? Is it people don't look or don't care? I welcome your opinions.