Beating a “Rank Mount”

In the most recent Stewards Minutes at the “Big Fresno Fair,” we learn that 5-year-old Blazing Image was a vet scratch in the 2nd October 12 because – he was dead (from colic, they say). That race, had death not so impertinently intervened, would have been Blazing’s second in a week. Apparently, new “connections” – Blazing was “claimed” for a paltry $2,500 on September 23 – Isidro Tamayo, Greame Chung, and Patrick Hui were determined to get their money’s worth. But alas, it was not to be.

Also: “Jockey Jesus Velazquez appeared to review last Monday’s first race where he finished second on a mule. Jesus used his crop after the wire because he thought the mule might go to bucking. Velazquez was told he was allowed to use the crop to control a rank mount but could not apply it in anticipation of that bad behavior.”

Control a rank mount.” “Bad behavior.” Can these people be any more contemptible?

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  1. At the very least, shut down racing at places like “Big Fresno Fair” where these poor claimers suffer and die.
    Blazing Image, your suffering is over and you had the last call…!

  2. Agree, Patrick…. contemptible they are. They show no respect for the fact that racehorses are living creatures and no respect for the fact that this so-called ‘bad behavior’ is normal behavior when the horse is trying to communicate that he’s not up to the task ahead of him, is frightened, is highly likely carrying an injury or adverse condition and not looking forward to being whipped when he’s doing his best (an unconscionable act).

    If I may, i’d like to give just a few examples of horses exhibiting ‘bad behavior’ in Australia (as racehorses behave similarly in America).

    Horse – underwent pre-race veterinary examination, after the filly attempted to buck on en route to the barriers, and was passed fit to start. Trainer was advised a warning would be recorded against the filly’s pre-race behaviour.

    Horse – underwent pre-race veterinary examination, after dislodging rider and galloping riderless for a short distance and was passed fit to start. Trainer advised a warning would be recorded against the gelding’s pre-race behaviour.

    Horse – declared a late scratching by stewards, acting on veterinary advice, after the gelding became momentarily fractious in the barriers and got its near hind leg caught up on the partition for an extended period. Trainer was advised that a warning would be placed on the barrier manners of the gelding.

    Horse – which became fractious, dislodged its rider after leaving the mounting yard and galloped for some distance before being recaptured, was a late withdrawal. Trainer was advised that a warning would be placed on the gelding for its prerace manners. Of course no report of any injury suffered by this horse which smashed through and broke a rail.

    Horse – the pre-race manners of the mare were brought to the attention of Trainer after it was reluctant to proceed to the barriers.

    Horse – when the gates opened, stood flat footed and lost approximately 2 lengths. Trainer was advised a warning would be placed against the barrier manners of this horse.

    Horse – late scratching acting on veterinary advice after the gelding was fractious in the barriers, reared, and became cast. Trainer was advised a warning would be placed on the barrier manners of the gelding.

    Horse – lunged forward in the barriers and struck its head, ultimately forcing its head between the gates. All runners were removed from the barriers to allow barrier staff to free the mare. Horse was withdrawn by Stewards. In all the circumstances Trainer was advised an official warning would be placed on the mare’s barrier manners.

    Horse – late withdrawal when the gelding became fractious in the mounting enclosure, escaped its handler, jumped the enclosure fence and ran out of sight for a short distance. Trainer was advised that a warning would be recorded against the pre-race manners of the gelding.

    Horse – whilst loaded in the barriers horse reared and became cast over the partition between its stall and that of another where it remained for some time before becoming cast under the barriers for an extended period of time. Runners were removed from the barriers whilst barrier staff endeavoured to release the trapped horse.
    During this time another horse escaped its handler, hurdled a rail and galloped a considerable distance.
    Subsequently both horses were declared late scratchings by stewards. A post race veterinary examination of the trapped horse revealed the gelding to have multiple lacerations to ALL of its legs.

    Horse – Late scratching by stewards acting on veterinary advice after it was very fractious behind the barriers and THREW HERSELF DOWN ON TWO (2) OCCASIONS. As the start of the race was effected the mare escaped from the clerk of the course and ran into the bushland outside the racecourse and suffered a fractured right foreleg when off course. This mare DIED that day and this is just one example only – there are more.

    Interesting that some horses (such as in the above examples) subsequently suffer injury, or worse or disappear. Rarely is a hot favourite scratched if it behaves like some of the horses above…… no guesses as to why. Needless to say, I can provide the relevant links to the abovementioned stewards’ reports to confirm these incidents.

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