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What's Happening At The Track?
Thoroughbred racing has had an up and down year in 2012 and even though we are in between a couple of the year’s biggest events with the Travers Stakes being behind us while the Breeders’ Cup still lies ahead, there are still several storylines to follow as we move towards the fall.
In Kentucky, legislators voted 19-1 to block a proposed regulation that would have required licensed veterinarians to be the only people who can administer drugs to thoroughbreds on race days. Proponents of the legislation are encouraging Governor Steve Beshear to implement the regulation anyhow, allowing Kentucky to lead the way in developing more accountability in the way horses are handled and administered drugs. Another piece of legislation that could come before the Kentucky House of Representatives soon is one that would ban the anti-bleeding drug furosemide from being used on race day in some of the state’s biggest events, including the Kentucky Derby. Furosemide is used to keep the horses lungs from bleeding during a race and has been banned internationally, as many say it’s a performance enhancing drug. Those against the ban fear that the horse’s health could be in jeopardy during or immediately following a race, due to the high content of blood that could build up in the lungs. If this ban were passed, Kentucky would be the first state to make its’ use illegal in some instances.
Paynter, the Bob Baffert trained thoroughbred that won this year’s Haskell Stakes, has been diagnosed with colitis, according to an article on ThoroughbredTimes.com. The colt developed a severe fever after the Haskell Stakes and veterinarian Dr. Mark Cheney said the colt was “seriously ill”. Paynter’s career and life may well be in jeopardy and he is just another in a long line of illness and injury that have plagued the 2012 three-year-old division.
Dullahan is coming off a record breaking performance in the Pacific Classic and now talk is surrounding whether or not he will run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Donegal Racing’s prize colt became the fourth three-year-old to win the Pacific Classic last Sunday, and it was his third win on a synthetic surface. On dirt, Dullahan has not fared well, with a third place finish in the Kentucky Derby being his best showing. Some racing analysts have suggested that he run in a turf race at Breeders Cup, which would seem to be more suited to the colts comfort. In any event, trainer Dale Romans and lead owner Jerry Crawford have hinted that no matter where Dullahan runs this fall, he is likely to be racing in the Dubai World Cup in 2013.
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- Downs After Dark A Big Hit At Churchill Downs
Downs After Dark is a promotional program started by Churchill Downs in 2009. The premise involves mixing a nightclub type atmosphere with horse racing, which so many people in Louisville, Kentucky love.
- Alpha & Golden Ticket Run A Dead Heat In The Travers Stakes
A straight dead heat is a rarity in thoroughbred racing and that’s illustrated by the finish at Saratoga Race Course in the Travers Stakes. In 142 previous Travers Stakes races, only once has it ended in a dead heat, that is, until this past Saturday