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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Crime and Punishment (and those appeals)

According to, Yannick Gingras, David Miller, and Brett Miller all were served with a $500 fine and a two day suspension for kicking.  The suspension days were set for today and tomorrow, during the Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile.  Need it be said what the drivers have done?  Of course, they appealed their suspensions as the chance they would miss the races at the Red Mile if they could avoid it is about 0%.  Everyone is entitled to an appeal but one hopes if they drop the appeals after Sunday or are otherwise to be bound to have filed a frivolous appeal, one hopes the ORC adds days to their suspensions to send a message.

Here is a novel thought.  If the drivers don't want to miss important race dates, they should keep the feet in stirrups.

Well, no need to worry about heat racing this year at Lexington as only nine horses dropped in for the Kentucky Futurity   In addition, with seven fillies contesting the Filly Futurity, that race will also be raced as a dash for the cash.  Sure I will miss the tradition of heat racing, but realistically, it makes no sense to have heats when there is no need for same day elimination races.  Overall, it is a good balance.

The London Free Press has published an article on racing under saddle which is taking place Friday evening at Western Fair District.

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