This post makes is number 1,000 since I begun this blog. Some posts have been about racing ills, some have been feel good stories, some have been about the need of change in the sport to make it more customer friendly even if it came to the detriment of horsemen. Hopefully, even if you don't agree with all my posts, you have found my worth reading.
Today's post talks about an all too familiar subject, whipping. Regardless of how you feel about whipping rules, most people will agree there is a limit to the amount of whipping in a race. Yet, in this past week's fines and suspensions list you find Hoosier Park judges taking a timid stance against whipping with two drivers, Scott B. Christner and Peter Wrenn getting fined $500 and a five day suspension for excessive whipping; so excessive that welts were noticeable to state vets after the race. You would think with the debate on whipping and animal rights, such behavior would be responded with a more severe fine and/or suspension. For a sport seeking more public good will and in attracting new comers to the sport, you would think racing officials would be stricter in enforcing the wipping rules.
Oliver Cleo lives and is well. Rumor was going through cyber-space that Oliver Cleo had died as part of some bad care alleged wrong doing by his connectIion. Well, despite those rumors Oliver Cleo is alive and well on his way to his retirement home thanks to the efforts of members of Dignity After Racing. It appears after being turned out a long period of time, Oliver Cleo was scheduled to qualify but was scratched when it became apparent his knees would not hold out so he was permanently retired. While Oliver Cleo's racing career may be over due to his injuries, a lifetime of liesurely retirementt is awaiting him. He should be reaching his permanent home shortly.