“Blatant” Whipping Violation Brings But a 3-Day Suspension

Just because California posts its whipping violations doesn’t mean it cares more about its racehorses than the majority of states that don’t. In fact, all American racehorses are treated exactly the same – as things to be used, abused, and expended. It’s just that California, one of our more progressive states on any number of social issues, is keenly aware of public perception. Hence, the transparency ruse. But more to the point, at least for the purpose of this entry, is of what use are violations if the corresponding penalties never rise to deterrent-level, are, in fact, a joke? Among the several violations reported in Los Alamitos’ most recent minutes is this:

“Jockey Eduardo Nicasio appeared in the stewards office in order to review his ride aboard #9 Mr Apollitical Dash who finished fifth in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (Grade 1) [on December 11] which carried a purse of $1,950,050. This horse earned $114,483 for his fifth place finish. Film review shows Jockey Nicasio use his whip twelve (12) consecutive times in this races final eighty (80) yards. This was his fifth riding crop violation since July of 2015. The stewards unanimously ruled this occurrence was a blatant misuse of his riding crop.”

Ruling:

“JOCKEY EDUARDO NICASIO IS SUSPENDED FOR THREE (3) RACING DAYS FOR A BLATANT VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD RULE #1688(b)(6) (USE OF RIDING CROP-MORE THAN THREE TIMES IN SUCCESSION WITHOUT GIVING THE HORSE A CHANCE TO RESPOND) DURING THE EIGHTH RACE AT LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE ON DECEMBER 11, 2016.”

Twelve consecutive lashes, which apparently constitutes a “blatant violation”; fifth whipping infraction in 18 months. But heck, there appears to have been mitigating circumstances – to wit, a whole lot of money was at stake. Ruling: a three-day suspension (with, far as I can tell, no fine). Three days.

Speechless.

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  1. That rider should have been fined $1,000 and given days for the senseless whipping! We have successfully taught many thoroughbreds to ride and gallop without the use of spurs, stock saddles, let alone the use of a whip! Notice we use the word , teach, not train or break. We have always detested the term “break” we do not want a dead broke horse that can`t think for itself. Sometimes a horse will sense something you are not aware of and save both of you! We once when riding our first horse along HWY 101, had the experience of Turk taking off as fast as he could go and turning quickly onto a side trail about 500` from the highway and then stopping, listening intently. Shortly after that 3 cars came down the slight hill with one attempting to pass one as traffic was going up the hill! This was on a two lane stretch of highway! If we had remained where we had been before he took off, we would both have been undoubtedly struck and killed. How he knew what was going to happen we will never know but by allowing him to use his judgement we both survived and witnessed a TERRIBLE wreck where several cars ended up in the front yards of peoples homes and one crashed into the cow pasture of a farmer.

  2. So the lip service from this VILE business continues while not much has changed.
    The whipping violations are laughable, but then again a sentient being being beaten, while probably tired and/or sore, is blatant animal cruelty.
    This entire business is legitimized animal cruelty from the starting gate to the finish line, and everything in between.
    I’ve always maintained on my previous posts that whipping is a major contributing factor to catastrophic breakdowns, and this industry doesn’t give a damn.
    Any of the racing apologists that attempt to justify whipping a sore and/or tired horse is invited to meet-up with me, and I will whip you repeatedly after you run 1 mile -see if you like it.
    Abusers, and enablers of the abuse that’s the “good” folks of horse racing.

  3. Wow.
    So the industry promotes, and facilitates what amounts to a punishment drive in the stretch.
    When a racehorse doesn’t perform then it gets punished in the form of a beating right out there for everybody to watch – a public flogging just like the Victorian age.
    So their profit slaves are toiling under punishment – how nice is that?
    If a racehorse doesn’t work for that flake of hay then beat the crap out of him.
    No worries – a slap on the wrist is all the human abuser will get so the beatings continue.
    So it’s the stick, first, last, and always.
    What a pathetic, vile, and antiquated business model.

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