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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Bad apples, more Barbaro, a book and a bet

(edited 8;48 a.m.)

Heavy stuff all over the ‘net this morning. Hundreds of BARBARO stories, columns, photos, diagrams. Do I wade through it all, do I pick a selected few?
I did the latter this morning thanks to Equidaily, which sorts stuff out in a convenient fashion.
Ugh, so many sad aspects about this situation, especially when you know the negative types are coming out in full force.
Larry King, a racing lover, had a good segment last night but you just want to strangle PETA types sometimes. They don’t get it I don’t think. In anything else, whether it’s caring for cows, pigs, chickens, zoo animals, there are always bad apples. Racing is trying its best to find them and de-core them.
At Woodbine, there are plenty of bad apples and they are not just trainers but owners, grooms and riders.
The segment on Larry King can be read on CNN or equidaily (typos are frequent).
If you really want to get your blood boiling this morning and then take it out on a loved one or the family pet (kidding), read T.J. Simers column on (also linked on Equidaily under the heading ‘The other side’).
If this doesn’t make you feel sick, nothing will. Be warned, it’s quite awful (and women, be extra careful, he slams us big-time!).

Of course, I follow all this reading up with a check of entries and charts at tracks such as MOUNTAINEER, eeks, where I see three 10-year-olds in one race, 11-year-olds, Canadian horses I haven’t heard from or seen in years who are still racing. Double Ugh.

On a lighter note, our champion trainer from last year, MARK CASSE, is getting some big guns geared up for races in a few weeks. Pedigree lovers drooled when MARCHFIELD debuted at Woodbine last year. The stakes placed maiden is by A.P. Indy and is the third foal of Eugene Melnyk’s prized Red Ransom mare PICO TENERIFE. Her first is claiming type Westmoreland (Danzig) and she has an unraced 4yo filly by Danzig named Dowell House. Marchfield is scheduled to race Feb. 10 at Gulfstream Park.
Casse also said his crop of 2-year-olds this year is his “best ever” thanks to the bulging syndicate Woodford Racing and other high profile owners.

Just finished a cool book – HORSE, How the Horse has shaped Civilizations – an easy read about horses being essentially, the reason we’re here. Maybe we should get some of these yahoos who suddenly become horse and racing experts to read it and remember that the horse is not just any ‘ole animal.

Thanks to BERNARD MCCORMACK at Windfields Farm for his comment on Blonde Executive's first baby. Hopefully Bernard will keep us updated on some more interesting arrivals at the famed farm!

(Note to self! ICE BRIDGE on Friday, Groundhog day, at Fair Grounds, will get some of my money after his brutally wide trip in his last start. Sam-Son maiden colt is impeccably bred and a real looker too). Thumbs Up


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