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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


As HRI readers probably know by now, a Tuesday New York Times story raised questions about Justify’s eligibility to run in the 2018 Kentucky Derby because he previously failed a drug test after winning the Santa Anita Derby.

A formal reaction will be issued by HRI after Justify’s trainer Bob Baffert and members of the California Horse Racing Board speak or issue statements.

-HRI Staff

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  1. No deaths on track at either Del Mar or Colonial Downs, which is probably more coincidental than indicative of a new day dawning.

    So the NY Times, which has been aggressively anti-racing the past few years, felt compelled to dredge up some kind of negative news, whose complexity will likely fly over the heads of most people outside racing. All they will see is “drugged Triple Crown winner.”

    Totally missing from the story is even a hint that Justify had anything forbidden in his system when he swept the Triple Crown.

    1. NYT story also illustrates how CHRB (CA Horse Racing Boad) “did not follow its own procedures and ultimately closed the investigation w/o ever disclosing the positive test result to the public.” Not a conspiracy theory buff but ownership group so important and trainer so famous leads one (me) to suspect favorable treatment in this matter. Not knocking the horse in any way but without the needed points from SA Derby there would be no Triple Crown. The 13th Triple Crown winner may have been “lucky” 13 as opposed to unlucky (some elevators don’t have a 13th floor bc of bad luck). Again, nothing but respect for Justify the horse. Not so sure about the humans.

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