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?