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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Press Release — A California Horse Racing Board, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and Breeders’ Cup joint statement regarding the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf:

The CHRB, Del Mar, and Breeders’ Cup officials reviewed the circumstances of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last night and again this morning.

The CHRB determined that, as discussed in the aftermath of the race, #1 Modern Games was scratched by the stewards on the recommendation of one of the track veterinarians, Dr. Chuck Jenkins, at the starting gate at 17:35:35 PT.

After additional examination and assessment of Modern Games by the attending veterinary team, track veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead concluded that the horse had not been injured and communicated to the stewards that the horse was cleared to run.

Due to a miscommunication between the stewards and the Del Mar mutuels department, Modern Games was reinserted into the pari-mutuel wagering pools at 17:37:01 PT.

At 17:43:49 PT, after it was made clear to the mutuels department that Modern Games was competing for purse money only, the horse was again removed from the wagering pools.

The race went off at 17:47:34 PT.

Per CHRB rules, all wagers on #1 Modern Games in the win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, and super high five pools are subject to refund. Daily double and Pick 3 wagers to Modern Games received a consolation payment. Per CHRB rules, in all other multi-leg wagers ending on the 10th race, bettors with tickets including #1 Modern Games and #2 Albahr received the post-time favorite, #3 Dakota Gold, unless they designated an alternate for the race.

As a result of the review, the CHRB, Del Mar and Breeders’ Cup are modifying their injury management communications protocols,  so that Dr. Stead will make the final determination with respect to recommended scratches at the starting gate and has sole authority to communicate those recommendations to the stewards

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  1. I was left holding a pick 5 and a pick 4 ticket on Friday night. Both contained all winners Including #1 in final race. Because of a “management” error I didn’t get paid. Amazing to me that the customer had to pay for an error by the management which made a percentage of 182 million in handle. Surely it would not have eroded profits too much for management to pay for their own mistakes instead of making customers pay for it.
    But I am happy that Godolphin got their money.


    1. Larry, thanks for engaging. All I can say is cannot or will not disagree with your take. In their defense, by rule they were allowed to put Modern Games back into the gate. But the thoughtlessness of the original, antiquated rule should have been addressed years ago when horizontal wagers were becoming more and more popular with bettors.

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