They'll probably say, sure it is; common knowledge.
At that point, racing folks get excited to defend their sport. 99% of the races are clean, there is too much money involved to fix races, etc etc.
|"Hurry, come on through!"|
It's probably bad enough that a "rabbit" was entered for an old-time form of race fixing, but that the horse was ridden like a quarterhorse made the optics look terrible. That another horse - Roman Approval - had to be physically restrained due to the cowboy style race riding of the horse sent to destroy him, is probably just as bad optically.
But that was just the beginning. The real story had just begun.
At the head of the lane, this rank, spent, heart-ripped out rabbit, needed to do even more work for the 1-9 shot. He had to move over, to let his stablemate through, to ensure his victory. In the process - safety and integrity be damned - he bumped the horse he dueled into submission.
For those who remember the Hambletonian about ten years ago now, your memory banks flood with what happened with driver Trond Smedshammer. He, like these connections, wanted to increase his chances of winning the race with his two horses. He moved over, let his stablemate through, who ended up coming third, picking up a nice slice of the purse.
Trond was suspended 45 days and given an $18,000 fine.
In thoroughbred racing, with these connections, with these owners, there is no way that's happening. Too big, too powerful.
I read a little on social media as this happened, right in front of our eyes on national television.
"It's horse racing"
"It's the way it is"
"It's gone on forever"
In case you haven't noticed, with foal crops down, handle down, and all economic racing indicators on life-support, forever isn't looking so good.
Yesterday's Sword Dancer was a travesty, and the people in charge of this sport should never allow it to happen again.