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Can't have it both ways (435 Views)
Posted by: Perfect Drift (IP Logged)
Date: May 06, 2019 10:06AM

Is the Derby a horse race or a spectacle? You can't have it both ways. If CD/KHRC wants a 20 horse spectacle of hellbent speed dirt horses running in front of 150,000+ fans then don't treat the Derby like a Thu afternoon claimer. If 20 horses isn't unsafe, then why is the BC Classic at CD limited to 14 horses, why not 20 horses there? Also, take a look at the start of the race when the horses in the auxiliary gate all bear in because of the huge gap to the main gate. Can CD spend a few bucks and purchase a 20 horse gate - because, you know, safety is a priority, right? Also, if safety is a priority, how about installing a false rail on the home turn so that jockeys know there will be room down inside and not panic looking for space. This is very common in Europe where rodeo riding is very unusual.

That DQ was a pathetic farce. Saez was not whipping left handed, the horse bore out most likely from all the infield commotion, the noise, the thousands of bodies, the security standing on the turf course, whatever. Did he make contact, yeah. But this "could have been a disaster, blah blah" we are now basing DQs on what could have happened? And we are now basing DQs on what a horse "might" have had left in the tank?

The bottom line is that the horse awarded first place was NEVER winning that race. Ever. And that is what the DQ should be based upon. By taking down the winner is a horse being elevated who had no chance to win. In this case, YES, and it's absolute garbage. The field could have run four more laps and Country House was NEVER getting by the true winner. Every horse had a 1/4 mile to get by the winner and couldn't do it.

And now, there are threads about Servis surreptitiously using this or that enhancer - we are now conspiracy theorists that the stewards are in the pockets of trainers like Mott, McGaughey, etc? No wonder this game is fuc*ed.

It is also why I have moved 90% of my handle to Betfair and overseas racing. Is it 100% better. No. Is it 80-90% better. Yes. Stewards don't steal races from the betting public. If a jockey is found to have "fouled" he/she is fined and suspended. Take a look at the YouTube video of the 2015 Irish Champion Stakes. Watch the incident in the stretch. NO DQ. Are drugs 0% of the game there. NO. But it is a tiny percentage, where here, it is 100% of the game.

I have happily taken my money elsewhere.



Subject Written By Posted
Can't have it both ways (435 Views) Perfect Drift 05/06/2019 10:06AM
Re: Can't have it both ways (323 Views) JimP 05/06/2019 10:57AM
Re: Can't have it both ways (293 Views) rezlegal 05/06/2019 12:11PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (204 Views) JimP 05/06/2019 02:19PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (187 Views) sekrah 05/06/2019 02:47PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (169 Views) wrongly1 05/06/2019 03:03PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (160 Views) Flighted Iron 05/06/2019 02:59PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (172 Views) atakante 05/06/2019 02:59PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (149 Views) boardedup 05/06/2019 04:51PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (141 Views) dcost328 05/06/2019 04:54PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (139 Views) boardedup 05/06/2019 04:58PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (172 Views) P-Dub 05/06/2019 02:59PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (312 Views) sekrah 05/06/2019 11:34AM
Re: Can't have it both ways (253 Views) Perfect Drift 05/06/2019 11:43AM
Re: Can't have it both ways (263 Views) sekrah 05/06/2019 11:53AM
Re: Can't have it both ways (234 Views) atakante 05/06/2019 12:40PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (211 Views) JR 05/06/2019 12:43PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (226 Views) ChiTownJoe 05/06/2019 01:08PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (180 Views) JimP 05/06/2019 02:25PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (170 Views) rezlegal 05/06/2019 02:35PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (146 Views) jma11473 05/06/2019 02:53PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (202 Views) JR 05/06/2019 12:39PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (218 Views) JR 05/06/2019 12:32PM
Byk poll 6 (0r 7) to 3 not to DQ (229 Views) toppled 05/06/2019 03:26PM
Re: Byk poll 6 (0r 7) to 3 not to DQ (203 Views) johnnym 05/06/2019 03:33PM
Re: Byk poll 6 (0r 7) to 3 not to DQ (143 Views) sekrah 05/06/2019 05:37PM
Re: Can't have it both ways (204 Views) dcost328 05/06/2019 03:35PM


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