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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Top Turf Teddy – The Prince of Pace

The “Worst Stinkin’ Bet of the Day” for Friday, February 7, 2020, will be in the 9th Race at Oaklawn Park, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Truths of the Turf:      “No time like the present.”

Have noticed a recent increase in thoroughbred aftercare activity.  Think this is wonderful for the industry.  My question is, what about thoroughbred present care activity?  Isn’t this just as important?  When will we stop abusing perfectly sound animals in the United States by drugging them?  We criticize the culture in the Middle East for human rights abuses, but they certainly have it right with respect to the thoroughbred drug issue.  Is this push for “aftercare” designed so that people take their eye off the ball with respect to the drug abuse issue?  Perception can often be misleading.  Don’t fall for it.  When observing the racing at Meydan, come away with the feeling that I’ve been a part of something wholesome and sophisticated; the feeling long absent in American thoroughbred racing, where drugs, post-time delays, jockey chicanery, usury (takeout), favoritism, cronyism, and the overall lack of concern for the animals and betting public is the rule; a bureaucratic industry unwilling to change to keep up with technology; unwilling to police itself until pushed to the brink of extinction.  Move over dodo bird.  What a game, heh?

Thought it appropriate and ironic that my “Worst Stinkin’ Bet of the Day” turned out to be 6-Executive Branch, based on the recent political activities, but who am I to argue with fate?  This will be the second win for the 6-Executive Branch this week.  If you are a guy who plays jockeys and trainers, you will like this colt’s principals.  David Cohen has found a home down there in hillbilly land, and trainer Robertino Diodoro is hitting at a 28% win rate.  He has only run 2 races, with trouble in both, drops in for a price, working steadily since November try.  Fits very well here.  Let’s all show some major respect for the 6-Executive Branch!!!!!

6-Executive Branch – The “Worst Stinkin’ Bet of the Day”


No. Horse Race 9   M/L   TTT
6 Executive Branch 2.383805106   3   5.12
2 Aggressivity 1.658511505   9/2   7.36
1 Runnin’ Ray 1.552720264   6   7.86
4 Road Game 1.519425790   12   8.04
9 The Longest Night 1.414424288   5/2   8.63
5 Revenio 1.325006090   15   9.22
7 Past Visions 0.932022061   6   13.10
3 Awesome Ekati 0.772999677   10   15.80
8 Good Scout 0.651626783   15   18.74
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