We'll leave aside much of the smaller picture of this development for people above my pay grade, but for the big picture, I'll take a cut at the ball.
Bucky knew a TB trainer that grinded for like 20 years at like 3% & always did right by his animals then went broke doing so. This Navarro/Servis “breaking” news that bettors knew for years hits home with barns like that because it took needed money directly out of their pocket— Buck Swope (@ShotTakingTime) March 9, 2020
What Buck describes is the most under-reported part of this, in my view.
Trainers who cheat cause ripples throughout the entire business.
They take horses from these small time trainers - in it for the love of the horse, to scrape by a make a buck; to try and get that one home run horse - and they improve them rapidly and almost overnight.
This acts just like slander does - it tells everyone that the previous trainer was a dummy, that he or she didn't know what they were doing. It's a big red flag, signalling anyone with investment capital that they should not give horses to that man or woman's business.
It's like the public being told a restaurant owner serves arsenic in his meatballs; this certain builder cuts corners... when in fact the meatballs are made with the finest ingredients and the builder builds to code.
What happens is these men and women - those doing it the right way - lose owners and leave. And the ones doing it the wrong way get more horses. It's completely perverse.
Cheating as alleged in the story linked above is like a virus. It starts as someone cashing a bet with "the juice" and spreads throughout the entire business - chasing away good people, investment capital, and endangering horses and the overall business.
Enjoy your day everyone.