There was an interesting quote from French trainer Fabrice Souloy, who is shipping his mare in to tackle the big boys in this weekend's $700k MLT.
'Souloy welcomes the change in location for his mare and feels that
competing in North America will allow her to develop as she can now race
I have no preconceptions about lasix. I know
what I think about it as a bettor, and I have had many on (and taken
off) the drug as an owner. It is one of the more interesting debates in
racing. For takeout, and other business decisions, I have read, studied,
talked to people and wrote papers about it, and I know how I feel. With
the lasix debate I have done close-to-similar, and I am still stumped.
The Maple Leaf goes Saturday, and if Arch Madness is not
at his best, this is one whale of a tilt. If you are a trotting fan,
it's a must-see.
One thing I do know as an owner, is that I am not made for the
claiming game, because "inject and race" is not in my vocab. There is a
thoroughbred partnership that thinks similarly, and this article put a smile on my face. Can you imagine how many starts per year we'd have long-term if all trainers worked like this?
“Whenever I get a horse from the racetrack, if it needs three months
off, I give four; if he needs four months, I give him five. Richard is
OK with that. We give the horses the right time off, and if the horse is
not 100% sound, I never send it back to the track.”
That can't help but put a smile on your face if you care about our equine participants.
Kudos to Brett and everyone at Charlottetown. Not only do they hold one of the most compelling event of any breed in North America, their business is growing. The most-excellent Gold Cup and Saucer goes next month at the historic oval.