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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


You could see it coming live, even on the pan shot.

With no dog in this fight whatsoever, I was annoyed because, even after all the recent publicity regarding jockey and horse safety, and which categories to use to adjudicate fouls, late-stretch race-riding is still going on.

In Wednesday’s third race, Indian Cross was disqualified and placed second for interfering with Shackleford’s Joy at the finish. And the rider might have gotten away with final furlong herding were it not for bump right at the line.

As an aside, I wonder what the Hong Kong stewards would have done after this race:

Shackleford’s Joy, placed first, finished last of six in debut, beaten 19 lengths at 20-1. Add Lasix, switch riders, drop to $75K claiming, and voila, 2-1. Just sayin’.

Back on point, Indian Cross drifted the entire stretch, alternating between straightening out and being urged left-handed to go forward.

Despite continued drifting, Ricardo Santana Jr. kept the crop in his left hand, and finally, ultimately, making contact at the finish line, thus the DQ.

Indeed, Shackleford’s Joy did his share of lugging in some but Rajiv Maragh made more of an effort to straighten his mount. Justice was served.

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