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HOLLYWOOD, CA., May 19, 2013--I arrived from the east in 1975 and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. California racing was considered by many as the best in the nation. Most people dreamed of plying their chosen trade on the west coast one day.
Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar were operated by true lovers of the sport then. The state was blessed with people like the Strub family, Marje Everett, John and Betty Mabee. But the transformation has been ugly.
In recent years especially, we have seen administrative greed and stupidity tear the fabric of what once was. People are running away from California racing faster than a thief with a stolen purse.
I am witnessing the collapse of California Thoroughbred racing first hand.
The following private letter is in response to turf writer Bill Dwyre’s L.A. Times story “Deaths Have Baffert Baffled.” It found its way to HRI on the recommendation of Warren Eves, a journalist for a half century and friend of the author, who felt the message was too important not to share with a wider audience. It is printed here at the author’s request.
Dear Mr. Dwyre:
On the rash of sudden deaths of horses trained by Bob Baffert:
We don’t need the medical director of the California Horse Racing Board Rick Arthur to tell us what an “anomaly” it is when seven healthy horses suddenly die under one trainer’s barn.
You wrote, “oft-misinformed social media stirs the rumor pot to a boil.” You continued, “Baffert is angry that he has been deemed guilty of something that isn't even defined by his accusers. He calls them the hate guys.”
Baffert has an uncanny way of finding straw men to blame. Isn’t this a classic example of slaying the messenger in order to forget the message?
Is it possible people are misinformed due to the reluctance of some, including Baffert himself, to be transparent? Does anyone yet know a single name of any of the horses?
I guess we’ll remember them all as John and Jane Doe.
If the Pimlico Special-Preakness double means anything, which it does, it appears that Orb is likely to be 4-5 or possibly less at post time.
Orb looms the most probable winner, whether you believe there's a lot more in the tank, which I believe there is, or his last was indeed a very big forward move, he's coming back in two weeks, and has drawn the rail.
All his success in two turn races this year have come racing outside of horses. The reason for the short price, the horse notwithstanding, are the popular connections, the talents of Joel Rosario and the public wants it.
(Remember, the public wanted better background checks, too).
But Orb is a very good horse, and good horses show up on the day. When they don't, they still win. Orb definitely should win, but that's not the way to bet, as the saying goes.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., May 11, 2013 – Nine three-year-olds went into the Grade 2 Peter Pan on a sloppy Belmont Park surface looking for an identity and one emerged, looking very much like a horse that might have a future among the three-year-olds of 2013.
Following a stutter-step start, Freedom Child splashed to a clear lead in the opening furlong and improved his position, winning the one turn nine furlongs by 13 ¼ widening lengths, stopping the timer in a worthy 1:49.09 and vaulting himself into the June 8 Belmont Stakes.
Orb stands so far above the rest of the 3-year-old class that it's difficult to single out which of his eight rivals represents the biggest threat to him in the Preakness. All Orb has to do is run his race without experiencing horrendous racing luck to head to Belmont Park with a big shot to end the Triple Crown draught.
Two months before Calder and Gulfstream are scheduled to begin racing head-to-head, the first shots were fired in what could turn into a scorched earth conflict with no winners. South Florida horsemen withdrew permission to export Calder's simulcast signal, which in only four days cost the track millions in revenue. It also cost horsemen a 20% purse reduction. A temporary settlement on May 9 kicked the can down the road. Meanwhile, Gulfstream got permission to open on June 25, which qualifies it as a year-round simulcast host. Calder, of course, is appealing.
There’s two things we need, or would like to see, for Saturday’s Preakness. One is Orb winning, thus keeping the Triple Crown alive. Two, a dry, fast track.
If the latter holds true, then the former might have trouble.
Twenty horses go to Kentucky and maybe five or six travel to Baltimore. This year is no different with Orb, Oxbow, Will Take Charge, Mylute, Itsmyluckyday and Goldencents committing to Black-eyed Susan. That’s a whopping seven, including Orb, and kudos to those trainers, owners and the horses for being ready and taking a chance on short leave. Maybe they looked recent history.
The time after the Kentucky Derby feels like those boozy hangover-ridden mornings where the only cure is a chicken-fried steak and one of those memory-erasing sticks they use in Men in Black.
Just like the cure for the hangover is more booze, the cure the Derby hangover is more betting. So let’s move this narrative along to Maryland.
No sooner does the Kentucky Derby winner—Orb in this case—cross the finish line do the Triple Crown questions start. Orb has the running style to do it. He proved he can run on an off-track (though will an off-track at Pimlico or Belmont be equivalent to Churchill? Probably not. As we know, mud in the Kentucky is a better class of mud.).
Orb is lightly raced, but also has enough experience, too.
But I just don’t see him winning the Triple Crown, and it will be his trainer who pulls the plug.
Let’s assume Orb wins the Preakness, which, with the new shooters and some good Derby horses wheeling back, is no lock. Shug McGaughey always says let the horse bring him wherever—the Breeders’ Cup, the Derby, Applebees.
If Orb hangs his head a centimeter lower than he normally does, this horse will be at the farm faster than you can 1978.
ORB ‘FINE’ AFTER DULL TRY; ITSMYLUCKYDAY MAKES GRADE
BALTIMORE, 05-19-13 – Back in the 1980’s and ‘90s when trainer D. Wayne Lukas was winning Triple Crown races with astonishing regularity, the catch-phrase “D. Wayne off the plane” followed him from track to track as he made…
May 19 | Categories: Preakness Stakes, | Comments (0)
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER ORB DISAPPOINTS AS ODDS-ON FAVORITE
BALTIMORE, 05-18-13 – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas made history at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday when he saddled Oxbow for a front-running upset victory in the 138th Preakness Stakes (G1). The 15-1 long shot gave his 77-year-old…
BALTIMORE, 05-17-13 – Karl Watson, Michael E. Pegram & Paul Weitman’s Fiftyshadesofhay closed with a rush to claim a narrow victory in the 89th running of the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) at Pimlico Race Course.
May 18 | Categories: Pimlico - Live, | Comments (0)
Baltimore, Md. -- After Walkwithapurpose’s final gallop this morning in preparation of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, she took a bad step and bruised her foot making her unable to compete in the race tomorrow. X-rays have been taken and showed…
May 16 | Categories: Pimlico - Live, | Comments (0)
Derby Winner Tops Field of 9 for Middle Jewel of Triple Crown at Pimlico
BALTIMORE, 05-15-13 – Kentucky Derby champion Orb was installed as the even-money morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 138th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) after post positions were drawn Wednesday…
May 16 | Categories: Preakness Stakes, | Comments (0)
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, May 16, 2013) – If Kentucky Derby winner Orb does not win Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (GI) at Pimlico Race Course and is therefore denied a shot at sweeping the Triple Crown, there is a good chance it will be a horse that raced in New Orleans playing the role of spoiler. Four…
BALTIMORE, 05-14-13 – Five-time Preakness winner D. Wayne Lukas arrived at Pimlico Race Course with his three-horse contingent of Oxbow, Titletown Five and Will Take Charge at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday following a grueling 12 ½-hour van ride from Churchill…
May 15 | Categories: Preakness Stakes, | Comments (0)
KRIGGER TO CHASE HISTORY ON GOLDENCENTS; GOVENOR CHARLIE READY TO GO
BALTIMORE, 5-14-13 – Much has been said and written about the grueling demands the Kentucky Derby places on a horse so early in his 3-year-old season. Trainer Shug McGaughey understands how stern the rigors of a 1 ¼-mile…
May 15 | Categories: Preakness Stakes, | Comments (0)
BALTIMORE, 05-13-13 – Kentucky Derby winner Orb arrived at Pimlico Race Course Monday, stepping off the van that transported him from Belmont Park shortly after 3 p.m. to continue his preparation for Saturday’s 138th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1).
Stuart Janney III and Phipps…
May 13 | Categories: Preakness Stakes, | Comments (0)
BALTIMORE, 05-12-13 –With trainer Al Stall Jr. and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. watching from the grandstand, Illinois Derby (G3) winner Departing worked a half-mile in 50 2/5 seconds over a fast track at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning in…
May 13 | Categories: Preakness Stakes, | Comments (0)