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|Sunday, March 25, 2018|
|HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Good|
|Cherokee War Chant||:24.20||H||1|
|HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Good|
|He’s Got Ego||:38.00||H||12|
|Holly of Spring||:37.20||H||7|
|K K Gold||:37.80||H||9|
|My Lady Alice||:38.40||H||17|
|Our Bonita Rose||:37.80||H||9|
|Tell Us a Tale||:37.40||H||8|
|Ware’s My Jennie||:35.60||H||1|
|HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Good|
|C U At Eau Claire||:49.00||H||6|
|Coco a Gogo||:46.80||H||1|
|Got My Mo||:48.20||H||3|
|Queen of Barn I||:49.40||H||10|
|Santa Fe Trail||:49.20||H||8|
|Sonnys in Command||:50.60||H||24|
|U S S Coral Sea||:53.00||H||30|
|HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Good|
|Chase the Money||1:05.60||H||11|
|Devil in Disguise||1:01.00||H||2|
|He’s the Reason||1:01.60||H||3|
A look at racing ethics could help researchers and industry members acknowledge rightful concerns from a well-meaning public, help resolve misconceptions, and contribute to better equine welfare.
Researchers have recently conducted an overall look into the ethics of horse racing. Their work not only helps acknowledge the rightful concerns of a well-meaning public and contributes to better equine welfare but also helps resolve certain misconceptions. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse
“Poor racehorses! They lead such a sad life!”
Or do they?
As animal welfare awareness spreads, and the internet helps spread it, public concerns over certain equestrian sports are increasing. But many of these concerns could stem from a lack of understanding about the way the sport functions, said Camie Heleski, MS, PhD, an instructor and adviser in the University of Kentucky equine science and management program, in Lexington.
It’s important to address these concerns from a scientific perspective, however. That’s why researchers have recently conducted an overall look into the ethics of horse racing. Their work not only helps acknowledge the rightful concerns of a well-meaning public and contributes to better equine welfare but also helps resolve certain misconceptions.
“The horse racing industry gets a lot of media coverage, which makes it extremely visually impactful for the public,” Heleski said. She presented her work at the 2017 International Society for Equitation Science Symposium, held Nov. 22-26 in Wagga Wagga, Australia.
Heleski and her fellow researchers used a scientific ethical evaluation framework she designed in 2012 to objectively explore what’s going on in horse racing. They identified five major areas of concern:
- Whip use;
- Horse wastage/career conversion;
- Racing of very young horses;
- Medication use; and
Whip use, she said, is a valid concern because evidence shows that even padded whips are painful. Studies have also indicated that they don’t make horses run faster.
“My experience is that once you have conditioned racehorses, if they want to run fast, they’ll do it,” Heleski said. “If not, there’s nothing you can do to convince them to go faster. Even retired Thoroughbreds still spend a decent amount of time running fast against the horses in the next pasture.”
Whipping regulations should evolve in response to the public voice, she said. But that doesn’t mean the whip should be banned entirely, as this could be dangerous for both horse and jockey—and even others nearby if a horse gets out of control.
“Jockeys’ legs are too high to be able to do anything effective to control the horse,” Heleski said. “They need that whip to do a pop on the shoulder and get their attention back.
“But we also need to accept that the public doesn’t want to see horses getting whipped,” she continued. “We don’t need to be whipping down the stretch. They don’t go faster when they’re getting whipped.”
Wastage, on the other hand, is not as worrisome as it once was, Heleski said.
“We keep seeing people bashing the horse racing industry on social media, especially with regards to what happens with retired horses,” she said. “But the industry has been working hard to keep wastage rates to a minimum, like keeping adoption fees low, developing rehoming centers, and contributing prize money to reconversion programs. And it’s working. It’s just remarkable what these horses, only 16 months off the track, are capable of doing.”
Transformed into competitive riding horses, off-track Thoroughbreds have gained a lot of attention across the country, especially in regions near major racetracks. “In Lexington, for example, it’s really become an especially popular type of horse,” she said. “A nice niche has been created for those horses there.”
The racing of young horses is also not a serious welfare concern, Heleski said. Trained appropriately following scientific guidelines, 2-year-olds actually benefit from the early workouts.
“People want to know, ‘Why are we racing babies?’” she said. “But recent bone physiology research suggests that sensible conditioning and racing is actually better for the soundness of these horses than waiting till they’re 5, 4, or even 3.”
As far as medication use is concerned, it’s a complicated issue because public perception will always affect it. “I don’t have a problem with horses getting Lasix or Salix for EIPH,” or exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, she said. “But the public does. Unfortunately, chances are the public perception isn’t going to work in favor of educating people about which medications make sense. In the end, we’ll probably just have to go clean slate—take on a zero-tolerance policy for medications.”
An issue that is of considerable concern, but less in the public eye, is how the horses are managed, Heleski said. “It’s personally my biggest concern in the racing industry,” she said. “These horses spend a lot of time in the stall. You do see the unusual racehorse facility that allows the horses to go out and run around a little bit. But we need to be asking ourselves, ‘How can we let the active racing horse have a somewhat more normal life?’ And by that I mean more freedom of movement, more forage, and more access to friends.”
One possibility is to encourage tracks to have more turnout areas for horses in active racing, she said. Another option is actually letting young horses in training stay at the home farm and even let them go out in the field with other horses.
Some “bold” owners and trainers are already allowing this, she added. “They’ve decided they’re going to accept that occasional kick or bite mark in exchange for the benefits they see,” Heleski said.
Overall, it’s important for the industry to recognize the welfare concerns of the horse, and not just during his active years. “If we’re going to use horses for entertainment and sport, we’re going to have to consider the full lifespan of the horse,” she said. “If we’re in a position to make enhancements, we owe the horse that and should do so whenever we can.”
And while horse racing is in the public spotlight, other disciplines face similar welfare issues—but with less public outcry. People in various disciplines would do well to support each other rather than criticize each other, Heleski added.
“Don’t throw stones if you don’t want your own industry to also be closely inspected,” she said. “Nobody is completely without flaw. We’re supposed to be in this together, not taking down individual bits and pieces.”
- INSTILLED REGARD WORKS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY
- ESPINOZAS POST SANTA ANITA TRIPLE ON SATURDAY
- MIDNIGHT BISOU AMONG 257 SANTA ANITA WORKERS
INSTILLED REGARD IN ‘GOOD’ DRILL FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY
Instilled Regard, prepping for the $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7, worked seven furlongs at 6:45 Sunday morning in 1:25.80 for the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 5.
Going in company with Shackleford Banks, both horses began at the six furlong marker, Instilled Regard starting some 16 lengths behind his workmate before passing him at the wire, according to Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson.
Exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez was on Instilled Regard. Shackleford Banks received a six furlong time of 1:15.80.
“He went real good,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of Instilled Regard, an Arch colt that won the Lecomte at the Fair Grounds before finishing fourth as the favorite in the Risen Star on Feb. 17. “He galloped out real well. He’ll have a little blowout before his race and we’re all set.”
Told it looks like a short field, with fewer than a handful of candidates at press time, Hollendorfer said, “He’d probably be better off in a large field.”
Leading Triple Crown contender Bolt d’Oro, meanwhile, is scheduled to work four furlongs Monday for the Santa Anita Derby. Owner/trainer Mick Ruis has the son of Medaglia d’Oro set to go set to go in company at 7:45 a.m. under former jockey Agapito Delgadillo.
The Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles awards 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, 40 to the runner-up, 20 for third and 10 for fourth.
IT’S ALL IN THE FAMILY FOR JOCKEYS ESPINOZA
It was all relative for the Espinozas at Santa Anita Saturday.
Apprentice Asa Espinoza won two races and his uncle, Victor, one, the elder Espinoza missing a double when Hayabusa finished second by three-quarters of a length behind victorious Itsinthepost in the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes.
“It was a good day,” said their agent, Brian Beach, Sunday morning. “We wish we could have won the San Luis Rey but we’ll take two wins for Asa and one for Victor any day.
“Now Victor’s off to Dubai and Asa is just a couple wins away from losing the 10-pound ‘bug.’ But when he does, his business will actually improve (riding with a seven-pound advantage), if that makes any sense, because current regulations prevent him from riding first-time starters or horses running down the hill, so we’re sort of looking forward to that since we’ve easily lost three or four winners by not being able to ride first-time starters.”
Asked if the 18-year-old nephew and his 45-year-old uncle celebrated last night, Beach said, “Not likely. Knowing those two, they probably went to the gym.”
Victor, no stranger to the Middle East having won the Dubai World Cup on California Chrome in 2016, was scheduled to leave at 4:45 p.m. today on a non-stop, 15-hour flight that leads to Meydan Race Course where he rides Mubtaahij in the World Cup and Daytona Stakes winner Conquest Tsunami in the Al Quoz next Saturday, March 31.
MIDNIGHT BISOU WORKS ‘EXTREMELY WELL’ FOR SANTA ANITA OAKS
Mike Smith said Midnight Bisou went “extremely well” after he worked the Santa Ynez Stakes winner six furlongs Sunday morning in 1:17.60 for the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 7.
Trained by Bill Spawr, Midnight Bisou was but one of 257 recorded workouts at Santa Anita this morning, including 10 on the training track.
Also working was champion Unique Bella, who went five furlongs in a bullet 57.80, breezing, as she prepares for the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park on April 13.
FINISH LINES: Evin Roman, comfortably atop the jockey standings with a 44-38 lead despite losing his apprentice allowance March 11, rides in eight of today’s 10 races. “Business is just as good or better without the bug,” said his agent, Tony Matos . . . Santa Anita simulcast co-host Michelle Yu is in Dubai this coming week working for Meydan and XBTV. Filling in for her on XBTV alongside her co-host Megan Divine will be Zoe Cadman (Thursday), Millie Ball (Friday) and Aaron Vercruysee (Sunday) . . . Trainer Michael Pender said Lombo, winner of the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 3, would return to sprints and is a candidate for the Grade III Lazaro Barrera Stakes at seven furlongs on May 12 . . . Agent Bill Sadoo now represents jockey Kyle Frey . . . Santa Anita will be closed for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but be open for simulcast racing Wednesday with free admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Live racing resumes Thursday, March 29, with first post time at 12 noon.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Saturday, March 24)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||144||30||17||15||21%||43%||$1,899,372|
|William E. Morey||35||10||2||10||29%||63%||$420,763|
|Robert Hess, Jr.||66||9||10||7||14%||39%||$314,381|
|J. Keith Desormeaux||44||9||5||8||20%||50%||$315,739|
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 25, 2018)–Idle since Nov. 26, trainer Peter Miller’s Belvoir Bay scraped paint inside front-running favorite Coniah turning for home and prevailed by a diminishing head over Richard Mandella’s Blame it On Alphie in Sunday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden for the first time by Tyler Baze, Belvoir Bay covered 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:13.41.
“I talked to Pete on the phone, and he said to ride her with confidence,” said Baze, who notched his third stakes win of the weekend. “I watched her replays and I rode her like she was the best horse. I knew those other horses were coming, but she gave me everything she had.
A 5-year-old English-bred mare, Belvoir Bay had been on the bench since running a close seventh in the one mile turf, Grade I Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 26. Off at 6-1 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares, she paid $15.40, $7.80 and $5.20.
Owned by Team Valor International and Gary Barber, Belvoir Bay, who now has two wins from three starts down the hillside turf, picked up $48,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $378,361. In winning her third graded stakes, her overall mark now stands at 18-7-3-2.
“I knew she was ready,” said Ruben Alvarado, assistant trainer for Miller, who was out of town. “She was training great at Del Mar and she likes this course. Tyler knows she’s got a sensitive mouth, but when those two fillies went (Coniah and speed merchant Mongolian Shopper), he just took a little hold of her and she settled fine. He said when the favorite drifted out crossing the dirt, that was it.”
Blame It On Alphie, who launched a furious rally from off the pace, just missed the win and finished a half length in front of longshot Classy Tune for the place. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Blame It On Alphie was off at 9-1 and paid $10.00 and $6.40.
Ridden by Evin Roman, Classy Tune also rallied from off the pace and was part of a three-horse photo for the show as she finished a head in front of 6-5 favorite Coniah. The longest shot in the field at 51-1, Classy Tune paid $19.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.91, 44.10 and 1:06.98.
Racing resumes on Thursday with an eight-race card at 12 noon. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.