Barbaro Updates 827
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Update 4751: More on Paragallo, a farm raid today by the New York State Police and the SPCA: New York Takes Over Paragallo's Horse Farm, excerpt:
"It's really bad," Perez said. "It's the worst I've ever seen in a thoroughbred situation. The animals themselves are in horrific condition. It's a sad, sad scene."
Joseph Mahoney, a spokesman for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, which had an agent at the farm, said all of the horses, ranging from 1 to 20 years old, showed signs of various stages of malnutrition. In addition, Mahoney said, the veterinarians on site said the horses had lacked proper veterinarian care, vaccinations and suitable shelter.
Update 4750: Quality Road's quarter crack problem appears to be improving: Quality Road Gallops: Foot Much Improved, excerpt:
"His foot was absolutely ice-cold this morning and I actually patched him today and put a drain in him," McKinlay said. "That thing looked perfect. He went to the track, galloped, came back and looked great. The drain leaves a tunnel right over top of where the crack is and where he bled the other day. So, if there was going to be any blood it would have a channel out. He galloped perfect and there was no blood when he came back. If the foot is cold tomorrow, it's a done deal; it's behind us. I asked Jimmy (trainer Jerkens) what his schedule was and he sounded like he's ready to go. It looks like I got an easy one."
Update 4749: Alex Waldrop, of the NTRA, speaks out regarding the Mullins and Paragallo cases: WALDROP: AUTHORITIES SHOULD MOVE SWIFTLY TO IMPOSE THE MOST SEVERE PENALTIES.
Update 4748: Six sets today for Steve at Woodbine. I was scheduled to ride seven, but then our jock arrived and he got on one of the gate schoolers. Two of mine also went to the gate for a little schooling. All schooled nicely and galloped nicely. The weather was a little better today, but only a little. And there were also a couple of loose horses on the track!
Here is my report from my visit to OLEX yesterday: OLEX April 7th, 2009, excerpt:
Of the actual horses sold, there was one nice 4yo thoroughbred broodmare. I do not think she went to kill, she sold for $510, which would be just over the top for the high kill price. The buyer's number was not one of the main kill buyer's numbers anyway. There was a 10 month old thoroughbred filly sold at 22 cents / pound. I do not know whether she went for kill. A grey horse was sold for 15 cents / pound to the kill buyer. This dispels the myth that grey horses don't go to kill. They do, if only cheaper. One horse I observed before the sale had a nasty cut over one of his eyes. The auctioneer described him as "a little short sighted". He sold for 22 cents / pound, but was not bought by one of the two main bidders so I am not sure his fate.
Update 4747: The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has begun an investigation into the mares owned by Ernie Paragallo (Paragallo Investigation Underway).
Steve Haskins has come out with this week's Derby Dozen (Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen 04/07/09).
We have entries 18 and 19 into the ABR YouTube Contest. Entries will be accepted until noon this coming Friday April, 10, 2009.
And please keep calling.