NICE JOB TROT
Nice job by the Standardbred Canada website with its belated
but at least thorough coverage of the Saturday night massacre
LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT
Regarding the Strong Yankee disqualification, not sure we
understand the actual rationale behind the disqualification
as regardless of what did or did not transpire prior to
the actual start the horses were in proper position at the
start. Which is unlike that Life Source- Eaton Road Kill
incident earlier this year where Life Source was clearly
out of position before, during and after the actual start.
In this case whatever occurred happened prior to the official
start of the race which meant Strong Yankee and the rest
of the field were actually in the hands and under the jurisdiction
of the starter. Which is why starters are empowered to demand
RECALLS in the event the field is not assembling orderly.
So let me get this straight. It appears the judges over
ruled the starter and disqualified a horse that committed
no infraction during the official running of the race. This
seems like flagging pass interference before the ball is
thrown. Something tells me those with tickets on Strong
Yankee were probably rather unhappy campers.
Fortunately the commission did not compound what may have
been a questionable call by reversing the outcome regardless
of how valid any protests may have seemed.
They don’t change sporting results after the fact
even when replay cameras clearly verify blown calls nor
should they change results once the results are posted OFFICIAL.
Change officials perhaps but not the result.
Can’t even fathom what went on in the Maple Leaf…
Though do wonder if the refunds included all the exotic
maneuverings in addition to the traditional win place and
While on the racing subject, perhaps its time during this
simulcast dependency era for some racetracks to actually
observe what they’re showing on screen during the
waning minutes prior to post. There’s probably nothing
more frustrating than having to stare at a beauty shot screen
full of GRAPHICS with 0 minutes to post for what is often
multiple minutes until someone gets around to starting the
race. Either let the viewers see the action on track at
the time or least get the race off on time.
Back in the old days of long lines and heavy attendance
where on track customers were in constant danger of getting
shut out, it may have been prudent to dawdle before actually
sending the field off. That is no longer the case and those
simulcasters with remotes in hand do tend to channel surf
in search of livelier action.
Congratulations to The PALONE RANGER on his first ever Little
Brown Jug victory with P Forty Seven…. And in honor
of this significant occasion perhaps our illustrious “Commissioner”
Scotty Tickets should be appropriately attired in BROWN
TUXEDO when he’s doing the BEST MAN thing next Month.
SOME DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE.
Wherever one looks there’s another DREAM VACATION
winner. At Freehold CLASSIC ADAM bested Peter Haughton winner
Keystone Savage in a $39,000 NJSS event. . At The RED MILE,
it was QUEEN SERENE (Dream Vacation-Queen Of Queens) in
one division of the Simpson for fillies while ROMAN HOLIDAY
(Speedy Cezar) took a Simpson division for colts. Earlier
at Delaware Heathers Dream was victorious in The Standardbred
for freshman fillies.
For $18,00 Todd Kolbe the driver who bet against himself
at Plainridge earned national notoriety as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
even picked up the story. One has to wonder what this guy
was thinking and whether he actually knew it was wrong.
. We’ve all heard of other instances in which this
sort of thing allegedly has happened though maybe not as
The incident with the overweight jockeys at the NYRA is
sure to inspire confidence amongst the bettors there but
that’s their problem! It is rather of mind boggling
when you think of who was involved.