Friday, March 23, 2012
Stakes Rule for Off-spring of 4yo Stallions Published
The new conditions for stakes which will restrict the off-spring of 4yo sires at the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and the WEG tracks have been published.
Talk about a lengthy condition. Unfortunately, it is needed to provide for what exemptions are to be permitted and what documentation is needed. One good thing about the condition is it allows for the off-spring of horses that breed and race in their 4yo season. Maybe this will promote the dual duty of horses, which would be a win-win for everyone.
This condition will be re-evaluated after a two year trial period. Not that I expect the concept to go away, but being people are extremely resourceful in figuring out ways to get around rules, it may need fine-tuning. I am also realistic. If other tracks don't join in the movement, it may be necessary for business purposes to jettison the rules.
Hopefully, the industry gets behind this rule. I am probably too optimistic as it seems most people are unwilling to make changes which may benefit the industry in the long run., but it is worth a try.
It will be interesting to see what the feedback will be now that the condition has been published.