Barbaro Updates 830
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Update 4782: A commentary of the times: Death on the Track, Doping, and Animal Abuse, excerpt:
Bad publicity is by no means a new complaint. But what's happening in the press now is different. What the world is reading and hearing about lately are serious blows to the sport that in large part are self-inflicted, and for many people, disturbing enough to cause a permanent turn-off. Adhering to the old world mentality that making money is an end in itself that's worth risking the market for, horse racing continues to behave like a few things need fixing but, by and large, a little touch up here, a little patch up there -- that's the extent of the corrections warranted. Meanwhile, these are the kinds of unsettling debates that occupy the Op-Ed in the few remaining places where commentary can be taken seriously.
Back teaching Internet for First Time Starters at Woodbine Monday's at 5 at Woodbine.
Update 4781: Suffolk Downs overturned its ban on three horsemen who violated their no slaughter policy. The horsemen that were banned in November are now reinstated. The meet reopens after a winter break on May 2: Banned Suffolk Downs trainers reinstated.
Discussion: Suffolk Reinstates Banned Trainers.
Update 4779: Another cold morning at Woodbine! I had five sets today, all before the break and all galloping two miles. And each was pretty strong too! After the break we had our jock, Luis, come in and work five horses. I went to the track to watch. And was on a pony watching three of them breaking out of the gate. All appeared to go nicely. A chilly morning's work, but fun nonetheless.
Update 4778: The Kentucky Derby is restricted to 20 starters. When more then 20 horses are entered then preference is given to those horses with the top graded stakes earnings with one exception - the winner of the Churchill Downs sponsored race held at Kempton Park in England last March (Mafaaz). Here is the current list of 3 year olds ranked by graded stakes earning: Kentucky Derby Graded Stakes Earnings
And please keep calling.