Jen wrote below:
"The return of the grey gladiator sparked nothing but controversy on Woodbine's website and Standardbred Canada.
What is the opinion here, I can't really gauge if you agree that this horse should have been brought back.
Sure he won, so now the owners can pay for whatever it is they needed to pay for (heat? groceries?), but this horse had a giant going-away party at Woodbine years ago, a scam put on by the owners.
I don't agree with giving them press again."
Since they have owned and been with the horse since he was three, I have little problem that they brought him back. He will make $70,000+ in limited starts this year. And he appears to love to do his work. I do not question their motivation. If they put him in a claimer I would feel differently of course. But he'll have a nice home for life with those people.
Here is a story on him from a couple of years ago. He looks like he wants no part of retirement.
Nice story on another tough horse - Dewycheatumnhowe in the New York Times. He might not win Horse of the Year, but I would bet that his trainer wins trainer of the year. Ray deserves it and I think it would be an injustice if the press does not give it to him. H/t Equidaily.