Racing! Trying to answer heady questions
Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we can’t believe the participation of the New York survey.
A story in Bloodhorse caught my eye about New York stakeholders being sent a questionnaire about Lasix usage. (You can read the story here.)
It was sent by the New York State Gaming Commission to 140 people in both the thoroughbred and standardbred business. Robert Williams, the executive director of the group, told the commission on Monday that surveys were sent to the state’s top 40 trainers by wins, top 40 owners by purse money and assorted representatives of industry groups plus racing secretaries, veterinarians and others.
Here were the questions:
--Should non-Lasix races be allowed in New York?
--Should the drug be banned for 2-year-olds?
--Should there be a dosage reduction requirement?
The real story here is not what the results of the survey were, it’s that there were only 17 people who responded. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the sport is in the midst of a national crisis, and if only 12% of the people cared enough to respond does that make you feel good about the future of the sport?
Only 10 of the 17 responders were involved in the thoroughbred business. As for the questions, not that the sample size can at all tell us anything, here are the answers. And remember, not everyone answered every question.
--Nine of 15 favored the idea of having non-Lasix races in New York.
--This is already in the works so disagreement seems futile, but 11 of 16 were OK banning the drug for 2-year-olds.
--As for lowering the level of Lasix, two were in favor of it, four said maybe and one wanted more study.
Now, I’ve got this feeling you guys, the newsletter readers, are a little more interested so I’m going to pose similar questions to you. I think you know the drill. And, remember, we don’t show you the results to keep the poll as honest as possible. The results will appear in the newsletter later this week.
--Should non-Lasix races be written in California? (vote here)
--Should Lasix be banned for 2-year-olds? (vote here)
--Should there be a dosage reduction requirement on race day? (vote here)
Bet we get more than 17 votes.
Latest on Hollendorfer
Well, there isn’t really anything new. We are all awaiting a judge’s decision on whether to grant a restraining order that would allow Jerry Hollendorfer to race horses at Del Mar.
In a 13-page filing, first reported by USA Today (you can read the story here), Del Mar elaborated on what has been reported, the track was afraid of a public relations hit.
“The racing industry in California is in the midst of an almost existential crisis amid calls from the public, media, Governor’s office, the California Legislature, Congress and the CHRB to pull out all reasonable stops to assure everyone that the industry is doing everything it reasonably can to ensure the safety of the horses. Unfortunately, despite his lengthy and successful career during the past six months, Hollendorfer has accounted for 15% of the horses that have lost their lives in racing and training at two California tracks. …
“Criminal investigations are ongoing in Los Angeles relating to what led to 30 thoroughbred race horses losing their lives in the first six months of this year at Santa Anita, and animal rights’ activists have called for the industry in California to be shut down. Ordering [Del Mar Thoroughbred Club] to permit Hollendorfer to train and race horses at Del Mar will lead to cries that DMTC is not doing what it can to ensure horse safety, and if a fatal injury were to occur to one of his horses, the clamor to end horse racing would be deafening.”
In a recent poll in this newsletter, about 52% of you thought Hollendorfer was made to be a scapegoat and about 30% thought there wasn’t enough information to make an informed decision.
I’m guessing most of you have already made up your mind and are not likely to be swayed by a legal filing. But, if you haven’t made up your mind, you can throw in the above language to see if it helps or hurts to bolster Del Mar’s decision.
Like I said, nothing new here, just a little more transparency.
Del Mar preview
Why do people love going to Del Mar? Many reasons but one is where else can you get a Grade 3 stakes on a Wednesday? First post is at 2 p.m. and there are only seven races. I’ve said before, I think cutting back the number of races on a day is a smart way to preserve the meet and it fits into the Del Mar business model.
As Joe Harper, longtime chief executive at Del Mar, likes to say, for many people going to Del Mar is more a food, beverage and entertainment play than a betting play. So, by preserving as many days with smaller cards you can maintain that revenue stream.
Getting bored? Want to know about the stakes race?
It’s the Grade 3 $100,000 Cougar II Handicap for horses going the Belmont distance of 1 ½ miles. Post is about 4:30 p.m.
The favorite, at 6-5, is Campaign for trainer John Sadler and jockey Rafael Bejarano. He was fourth last out in the Brooklyn Invitational at Belmont and won the Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita in his previous start. Both races are 1 ½ miles. He’s won four-of-nine lifetime races.
Second favorite is For the Top at 3-1 for Bob Baffert and Joe Talamo. He’s two-of-six lifetime having run five of his races in South America. In his only U.S. appearance, at Santa Anita, he finished fourth in a four- horse mile race, although less than two lengths behind the winner.
Here are the field sizes, in order: 5, 8, 9, 7, 8, 7, 8 (4 also eligible).
Bob Ike’s DM pick of the day
FIFTH RACE No. 4 Raymundo’s Secret (5-2)
“Ship & Win” candidate from the Richard Baltas barn won her only start at Tampa Bay Downs back in January at a whopping 40-1. She completely dominated her foes when starting her career in a one mile turf event (same as today), has trained very well at SLR Downs and lands leading rider Flavien Prat. She may not offer a lot of value on the tote board, so play her over Whoa Nessie (8-1) and Shanghai Truffles (3-1) if looking for added punch in the exotics.
Sunday’s result: Law Abidin Citizen dwelt at the start to be completely eliminated, finishing last in the sixth race.
Bob Ike is a Partner/VP of Horsebills.com (here’s a video) and the proprietor of BobIkePicks.com (full-card picks, 3 Best Plays and betting strategy).
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Now, the star of the show, Wednesday’s entries.
Del Mar Entries for Wednesday, July 24.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, California. $2 Win, Place and Show; $1 Exacta, $2 Quinella, 50-cent Trifecta, $2 Rolling Double, 50-cent rolling Pick 3; 10-cent Superfecta; 50-cent Pick 4 last 4 races; 50-cent Players Pick 5 first 5 races; $2 Pick 6 last 6 races; $1 Place Pick All; $1 Super High Five last race. Trifecta needs 4 betting interests; Superfecta needs 6. 6th day of a 36-day meet.
5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $70,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $100,000.
|1||Declarationofpeace||Flavien Prat||120||John W. Sadler||3-1|
|2||Pubilius Syrus||Norberto Arroyo, Jr.||120||Vladimir Cerin||10-1|
|3||Stubbins||Rafael Bejarano||120||Doug F. O'Neill||8-1|
|4||Eddie Haskell||Kent Desormeaux||124||Mark Glatt||6-5|
|5||Tribalist||Victor Espinoza||120||Blake R. Heap||2-1|
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $8,000-$7,000.
|1||Papa Turf||Abel Cedillo||120||Jeffrey Metz||10-1||8,000|
|2||Market Sentiment||Agapito Delgadillo||120||Steve Knapp||8-1||8,000|
|3||Twirling Tiger||Jorge Velez||113||Charles S. Treece||5-1||8,000|
|4||Harrovian||J.C. Diaz, Jr.||113||John E. Cortez||20-1||8,000|
|5||Sergio||Mario Gutierrez||122||Shelbe Ruis||7-2||8,000|
|6||For the Hustle||Tiago Pereira||120||George Papaprodromou||5-1||8,000|
|7||Jump the Tracks||Ruben Fuentes||120||Reed Saldana||3-1||8,000|
|8||Desert General||Martin Pedroza||120||Ryan Hanson||4-1||8,000|
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. State bred.
|1||Atomic Candy||Flavien Prat||120||Peter Miller||3-1||50,000|
|2||Afternoon Heat||Jorge Velez||113||Dan Ward||7-2||50,000|
|3||Twisted Plot||Rafael Bejarano||120||Art Sherman||4-1||50,000|
|4||Jen Go Unchained||Agapito Delgadillo||120||Mike Puype||5-2||50,000|
|5||Anniversary Sale||Abel Cedillo||120||Jonathan Wong||8-1||50,000|
|6||Brazilian Summer||Ignacio Puglisi||120||Matthew Chew||20-1||50,000|
|7||Tim's Buddy||Geovanni Franco||120||Bill McLean||20-1||50,000|
|8||An American Jet||Edgar Payeras||120||Gary Sherlock||10-1||50,000|
|9||Free Ricky||Brayan Pena||120||Sergio Morfin||20-1||50,000|
1 Mile. Purse: $67,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500.
|1||Route Six Six||Joseph Talamo||120||Brian J. Koriner||5-2|
|2||Pepe Tono||Agapito Delgadillo||120||Victor L. Garcia||6-1|
|3||Leading Score||Martin Garcia||120||Bob Baffert||4-1|
|4||Top Secret Indy||III Antongeorgi||120||Reid France||15-1|
|5||Two Thirty Five||Flavien Prat||120||Richard Baltas||2-1|
|6||Hot Sean||Martin Pedroza||120||Bob Baffert||4-1||62,500|
|7||Curlin Rules||Ruben Fuentes||120||John W. Sadler||12-1||62,500|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $36,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Queen of the Track||Norberto Arroyo, Jr.||118||Jeff Bonde||8-1|
|2||Lucky Stepper||Victor Espinoza||120||Carla Gaines||5-1|
|3||Whoa Nessie||Kent Desormeaux||122||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||8-1|
|4||Raymundos Secret||Flavien Prat||118||Richard Baltas||5-2|
|5||Shanghai Truffles||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Patrick Gallagher||3-1|
|6||Cash for Cass||Ruben Fuentes||118||Shelbe Ruis||12-1|
|7||Trust Fund Kitty||Abel Cedillo||122||Val Brinkerhoff||4-1|
|8||Magnificent Q T||Assael Espinoza||122||James M. Cassidy||10-1|
1½ Mile. Purse: $100,000. 'Cougar II Handicap'. Stakes. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Itsinthepost||Drayden Van Dyke||121||Jeff Mullins||7-2|
|2||Zestful||Abel Cedillo||115||Mark Glatt||10-1|
|3||For the Top||Joseph Talamo||119||Bob Baffert||3-1|
|4||Original Intent||Assael Espinoza||115||Dean Greenman||20-1|
|5||Morse Code||Edwin Maldonado||116||Richard Baltas||4-1|
|6||Campaign||Rafael Bejarano||123||John W. Sadler||6-5|
5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Distorted Win||Flavien Prat||124||Richard E. Mandella||5-2|
|2||Magical Gray||Joseph Talamo||124||Victor L. Garcia||7-2|
|3||Miss Stormy D||Geovanni Franco||120||Carla Gaines||6-1|
|4||She's Our Charm||Diego Sanchez||120||Ronald L. McAnally||20-1|
|5||Mischiffie||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Philip D'Amato||6-1|
|6||Claudelle||Jorge Velez||113||John W. Sadler||3-1|
|7||Pammi Dearest||Edwin Maldonado||120||Gary Mandella||15-1|
|8||Cherished||Rafael Bejarano||120||Eoin G. Harty||6-1|
|9||Road Rager||Aaron Gryder||120||Brian J. Koriner||3-1|
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