17 September 2008

New Claiming Rule In California

California Changes Claiming Rule

"Claiming horses returning from layoffs of at least six months in California can be entered with a provision that will make them ineligible to be claimed in their comeback races, according to a rule change recently implemented by the California Horse Racing Board.

The rule change, which takes effect with entries on Saturday, is designed to give claiming-class horses a break from racing when necessary and not be plundered by rival owners and trainers when they return to competition. The claiming horses can be entered as ineligible to be claimed for the first race of their comebacks, but must return for a value equal to or greater than their preceding starts, according to a statement released by the racing board."
It looks like a good rule. Here in Ontario when many horses drop down near the end of the meet, it would probably give more incentive to drop a slip at that time.
But that isn't why the rule is there. It for horses that hurt themselves, not just being laid off for the winter.

Magna Entertainment is authorized $2 million so that they can go after voters in Maryland to vote yes on slots.

"The Maryland Racing Commission has approved a ban on anabolic steroids for racehorses, following the lead of other racing states including Kentucky, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia."

Standardbred Canada launches enhanced entries and results search

This might be a first for 2008. A track actually has increased purses. Remington Park boosts purses. Oh wait, I forgot about Ellis Park.

New Whips To Be Tested At Keeneland

Woodbine Bias Report
Brian Lynch, Terry (hey what can I say?, my horses run well when they just come off a plane) Jordan, and Julia Carey are hot trainers right now.
The rail sucked near the end of the week, and going wire to wire is still quite a feat.

The Dart Board
Tonight at Woodbine, Prophetically might be up for a minor upset especially with the jockey switch to the very hot (on the grass) Slade Callaghan.

I really like Executive Sherri in the second. But what I like best about her is her dam's name (Ascot In The Gate).

Brigadier Rodney has a great shot in the third.

In the sixth, Fairlight looks the best in her second race off a layoff.

Say No Evil is taking a huge class drop and should easily handle all comers in the 7th.


Anonymous said...

You must be sleeping CG Belmont upped there takeout today 1% across the board.

Anonymous said...

I reported it around a month ago. They'll lose out big time. Many gamblers will avoid NY racing just on principle now.

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Fort Erie races are on Betfair Monday and Tuesday,in race 2 at suffolk on Monday Life Is Pink the 9 horse is trained and ridden by Frank Almonte sr.hmmm that's rare.

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