- the harshest regulatory penalty the trainers face will be a one-year suspension, a $5,000 fine and forfeiture of the race purse.
If he's caught he pays one purse back, along with $5,000. And, of course, he has to spend a year at the beachhouse, or on vacation, catching up by seeing old friends, or bar-b-queing in the back yard. Then he can come back and train again. That's not a bad gig, is it? Or am I missing something here?
There's some Frankel chatter going on, and it's not of the good variety. He is skipping the Arc, skipping the Breeders Cup, and racing (it appears) one last time on October 20th. Earlier in the week I read an article saying 'for the first time in his life he'll have to take a risk' by going to the Arc. These connections do not seem to like risk.
Zenyatta used to get hammered here in North America for being a ducker. No she wasn't a world traveller, she did not face the boys each month. But she did get the job done.
Some people (mostly) wanted to see her in New York, in a race like the Personal Ensign. Why, I don't know, because beating Persistently in 205 with a 27 last quarter would not do her or anyone else a lick of good, other than gain her airmiles™, but I digress. Regardless, over time she did do what she had to do, and she built a resume, not being compromised too much by overstepping month after month to ensure a long career. Each year we knew she'd race at the end of the year in the Breeders Cup, but in two of three years she raced in the Classic, the richest horse race in North America, not the Distaff. She did that twice, and she did it on two different surfaces, which for the latter people still thought they'd "duck" as most recently as the October beforehand.
If Frankel was Zenyatta, he would've done more in three years of racing rather than race 14 times in tailor-made spots. Certainly this year he would've been in the Arc - the year end spectacle that's tantamount to a Breeders Cup Classic here. But he isn't. Now that's ducking.
Things I don't much understand- "Horsemen want to race at Leamington"
- "The group has to convince the ORC that it can make a financial go of it,” said Bain, who also noted that the horsemen involved will have to overcome the obstacle of securing transitional funding from the province in order to do so and have met with the transitional panel.
Bill Finley over at Harness Racing Update has been attending the Lou Pena trial. For updates sign up for HRU for free, or go to the website.
Have a nice Friday everyone.