In response to my last posting, came the following response:
Bee A Magician will get HOY. As good as the Captain has been, he can't match a perfect record.
you catch the additional rule breaking by Tim Tetrick? Easy to see in
the video close ups. Not only does Tetrick boot Captaintreacherous and I
Luv The Nitelife, he also stuck the whip where it doesn't belong. More
difficult to see, but it appears Yannick Gingras was doing the same.
What's next, hooking up an electric charge to a horse's genitals?
any sport other than racing regularly ignore the rules or make the
penalties so light that it pays to cheat? Fines clearly aren't a
Suspensions of drivers seem to be the only way to
deal with this problem. Losing three, five or ten days of income will
put a stop to what $50 and $100 fines can't. Racing commissions where
To answer the writer's question, at Balmoral the judges are probably looking for work come January 1.
All kidding aside, regardless of who did or didn't last night (personally, I didn't see Captaintreacherous getting the boot), it goes without saying the use of the whip where it doesn't belong and booting (kicking) occurs and is a violation of the rules. At this point, the judges don't seem ready to do anything serious about it, after all many judges are former horsemen. Unless racing commissions get serious about stopping this behavior don't expect judges to crack down unless the offenses are egregious and even then, they will be slaps on the hand. It seems to me until anti-racing groups start making a big deal about this type of behavior the status quo will be acceptable.
But the fault doesn't like alone with the racing commissions. Tracks have track rules and it can be made known at the annual drivers meeting at the start of the meet the use of the whip and/or the foot where it is not supposed to be used is not going to be tolerated and management will ask the judges to enforce the relevant rules with no leeway in enforcement and penalties. Even then it may not be enough to get drivers to change their tune. If that is the case, it may be necessary for a track to label a driver unwelcome before the others get the message the track takes this type of action serious. Of course it remains to be seen if any track is willing to be the first one to crack down and will others fall in line.