RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

TUESDAY IS STATS DAY

The weatherman reports there is a drying trend about to start on Wednesday and the long range forecast is for sunny weather and temperatures finally going up in to the 20’s.   Long overdue to say the least.  Can you believe a notice came out yesterday notifying us of water restrictions.

TRACK CONDITIONS

As soon as there is a break in the weather watch for a number of improvements planned on the racing surface.   The track plans to re-grade the surface from the inside rail to the outside rail. This will remove the high ridge in the middle of the track and level the surface.  Hopefully this can get started next week.

STAKE RACE PAYOUTS

With 6 days of live racing completed at Hastings there has been six stakes run so far with a total payout of $300,000.00.   That total is made up from a total of $79,100.00 in nominations fees, a sponsorship of $25,000 and $195,900.00 from the stake purse pool.

OVERNIGHT PURSE POOL

The overnight purse pool for 2017 is budgeted to payout a total of $6,000,000.00 over 53 days of racing.  Over those 53 days its budgeted to run 343 over night races.   That averages out to $17,492.71 per race.  We the horsemen are obligated to run that many races in our agreement with Hastings Racecourse.   To guarantee we have the funds to run that many races and assure we keep within our daily average can become a juggling act for the race office.

Currently overnight races after 40 races are averaging $17,971.13 or $478.41 over budget per race.

WINTER INCENTIVE PROGRAM

The Winter Incentive Program that is now in its fourth year has already paid out $148,000.00 to horses that made their last start at Hastings in 2016 for a claiming price of $6250.00 or less.

NEW MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT PROGRAM FOR BC BREDS

The Racing Associations and the CTHS introduced a new program for BC Breds for the 2017 season.  The program so far has paid out $20,000 to the owner and breeder of BC Bred, Maiden Special Weight Winners.  The winning owner receives $5,000 over and above the advertised purse pool and breeder of that horse also receives $5000,00.

HORSE AVERAGE PER RACE

Its amazing to me that our horse average per start is currently running at 7.20 horses per race. That is the highest its been in many years.   The amazing part to me is the weather and track condition caused by the brutal weather we have had to train through since the day the track opened this year and our horsemen have been able to enter 331 horses over 46 races run to date.

HOLIDAY MONDAY RACING THIS COMING WEEKEND

With the Preakness running this Saturday and Queens Birthday Holiday on Monday there is no racing on Sunday.  Monday there are two stake races for 3 year olds being the $50,000 Jim Coleman Province for 3 year olds and the $50,000 Ross McLeod Stake for 3 year old fillies.    Nominations for both races are very light.  It should be noted these races require 5 starters to go.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

ROSS MCLEOD STAKE THIS COMING MONDAY AT HASTINGS – HISTORY

STAKE RECORD

I THINK SO -PHOTO BY PATTI TUBBS

I THINK SO  (2013) 1:16.21

ROSS MCLEOD STAKES three-year-old fillies
YEAR
WINNER
PEDIGREE
OWNER
BREEDER
TRAINER
JOCKEY
SECOND
THIRD
TIME
COND
TO WIN
2016
Snuggles
Rosberg/Daymaker
Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Owner
Dino Condilenios
Rico Walcott
DQ-Princess Katie
Omi
1:17.39
Fast
$29,500
2015
Quatre Cat
Abraaj/Four Girls
Carmichael, Stuart and May and Gregory David and Sylvea
Rob McDonald
Sylvea Gregory
Ryan Pacheco
Susan’s Day
Splendid Scat
1:16.88
Fast
29,500
2014
Ole’s Miss
Officer/Gypsy Cab Company
Canmor Farms
Big Z Thoroughbreds LLC
L. McCarthy
Amadeo Perez
Arabella’s Muse
Today Is The Day
1:17.16
fast
30,000
2013
I Think So
Proud Citizen/Steve’s Lil Girl
Mark DeDomenico, LLC & North American Thoroughbred Horse Racing Comp., Inc.
Tom Gamel & Proud Citizen Syndicate.
Troy Taylor
Aaron Gryder
Goldstryke
Silkworm
1:16.21
fast
30,000
2012
Our Eleanor (KY)
Successful Appeal/Pretty Jane
Peter Redekop, BC Ltd.
Ballycapple, LLC.
Craig MacPherson
Amadeo Perez
Evelyn’s Dancer
Dance the Wind
1:16.53
fast
30,000

HORSE RACING TERMS FOR PHRASES

Accumulator
A bet with more than three selections where all have to win. The odds of each win ‘accumulate’ on to the next selection. For example a £10 accumulator with 4 Even money selections that win pays £160. The calculation for each part of the accumulator is Stake * Odds + Stake, with the stake on each part of the bet being carried forward from the last.
All Out
A horse who is trying his very best may be described as ‘All Out’ by a race commentator or on a form guide.
All Weather
Flat racing that takes place on an artificial surface. It takes place all year round. At the time of writing there are 5 all-weather tracks in the UK (Great Leighs, Kempton, Lingfield, Southwell & Wolverhampton) and 1 in Ireland (Dundalk).
Allowance
Also referred to as the jockeys claim. This is the amount of pounds reduced from the weight carried by a horse if it has an inexperienced jockey on board. Example – a horse weighted to carry 10 stones & 12 pounds with a jockey claiming 7 pounds would in fact only carry 10 stones 5 pounds.
Amateur
A jockey who is not yet fully qualified. On a racecard, amateur jockeys will be referred to as Miss or Mr etc
Ante-Post
Placing a bet ante-post is when you back in advance of an event. The benefits of this can be obtaining a far larger price, however any ante-post bets that do then not take part (non-runners) will not be refunded as they would be on standard bets. Ante-Post markets are generally for larger events such as the 2000 Guineas or the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Apprentice
A trainee jockey apprenticed to a licensed trainer – usually on an annual contract. An apprentice will normally partake in flat races only.

Should I Feed My Horse Garlic to Repel Insects?

Should I Feed My Horse Garlic to Repel Insects? 

While many people feed garlic and report no ill effects, the clinical signs might not be obvious and depending on the dose, frequency, and duration of the dose given there could be low-grade deleterious effects.

Photo: iStock

Q. I am always looking for natural ways to repel flies in my barn and I have heard that feeding garlic can stop flies from bothering horses. Does this work and is it safe to feed garlic to horses?


A. Garlic is touted for several beneficial functions, including respiratory health (it is supposed to alter mucus’ physical properties), antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties, and its supposed ability to repel insects. The thinking is that feeding garlic creates an odor in sweat that helps repel flies.

Garlic and other members of the onion family are rich sources of organic sulfur compounds (in organic chemistry, “organic” means a compound contains a significant amount of carbon). One of the many sulfur compounds present in garlic is a thiosulfate, which has been associated with antibacterial and antiparasitic properties found in allicin (a pungent, oily liquid in garlic).

Despite work showing the antibacterial and antiparasitic properties of allicin, there is limited data on the efficacy of garlic as a fly repellant either when applied topically or given orally, and none I’m aware of in horses. A study in people looking at garlic oil when applied topically at a 1% dilution did show a 97% repellant effectiveness.

Potential Dangers of Feeding Garlic

A handful of studies have looked at the potential side effects of feeding horses garlic. Garlic and other alliums (plants in the onion family) contain several potential toxins, the principal one being N-propyl disulfide. This compound alters the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase in red blood cells, which interferes with the cell’s ability to prevent oxidative damage to hemoglobin (a protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood). The damaged hemoglobin precipitates on the surface of red blood cells resulting in what is known as Heinz bodies. The liver and spleen both act to remove damaged red blood cells from circulation, leading to anemia due to reduced numbers of circulating red blood cells. This form of anemia is known specifically as Heinz body anemia.

Feeding more than 0.4 grams per kilogram body weight of freeze dried garlic has led to Heinz body anemia in horses. This is the equivalent to feeding a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) horse 200 or more grams per day, which is just under half a pound. While this amount could easily be consumed by horses eating wild garlic growing in pastures it is unlikely that this amount would be given on purpose.

However, in a second study researchers showed a tendency for decreased hemoglobin and red blood cell count when feeding 32 milligrams (mg) of garlic per kilogram of body weight over an 83-day period. This suggests that in the same 500-kilogram horse feeding as little as 16 grams (about half an ounce) could cause alterations in blood chemistry.

While many people feed garlic and report no ill effects, the clinical signs might not be obvious and depending on the dose, frequency, and duration of the dose given there could be low-grade deleterious effects.

The National Research Council states that more data is need to fully assess the potential risks and benefits of feeding garlic but that feeding 15 mg per kilogram of body weight per day (or 7.5 grams) of dried garlic powder on a long-term basis should not lead to any adverse event in horses under normal circumstances.

Take-Home Message

While feeding 7.5 grams of garlic per day might not lead to side effects, one does have to wonder whether that amount would confer any benefit as an insect repellant. Applying dilute garlic oil topically might be far more effective.

About the Author

Clair Thunes, PhD

Clair Thunes, PhD, is an independent equine nutrition consultant who owns Summit Equine Nutrition, based in Sacramento, California. She works with owners/trainers and veterinarians across the United States and globally to take the guesswork out of feeding horses. Born in England, she earned her undergraduate degree at Edinburgh University, in Scotland, and her master’s and doctorate in nutrition at the University of California, Davis. Growing up, she competed in a wide array of disciplines and was an active member of the United Kingdom Pony Club. Today, she serves as the regional supervisor for the Sierra Pacific region of the United States Pony Clubs. As a nutritionist she works with all horses, from WEG competitors to Miniature Donkeys and everything in between.

SUNDAY’S HASTINGS WRAP-UP BY RICHARD YATES

DESPITE THE WEATHER THERE WAS A VERY GOOD SIZE CROWD ON HAND FOR THE MOTHER’S DAY CARD AT HASTINGS – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Hastings Wrap-up For Sunday, May 14

Mother’s Day was beautiful as it should be, but overnight rains left Hastings with a wet track as has been the custom so far this season.  No matter, the sun was shining and eight races were run including the George Royal Stakes, named for the great BC-bred who won 9 consecutive stakes as a three-year-old and the San Juan Capistrano twice as an older horse.  The family of his owner/trainer the late Bobby Hall showed up in numbers to honor both the man and the horse.

STATUE IN HONOR OF THE GREAT GEORGE ROYAL LIKELY THE BEST BC BRED OF ALL TIME IN THE PADDOCK AT HASTINGS – PHOTO BY PATTI TUBBS

There was a decent crowd on hand to witness a card that was blessed with some quality, notably Modern who won the George Royal for the third straight time. Modern’s trainer Dino Condilenios and owner Swift Thoroughbreds enjoyed a banner day.  They took the fifth, sixth and seventh races, two allowances and the stakes, in succession.

Modern Completes A George Royal Three-peat

MODERN WINS 3RD GEORGE ROYAL IN A ROW – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, it was déjà vu all over again as Modern ($4.20) was first under the wire in the George Royal Stakes for the third straight year.  He accomplished this year’s edition in 1:16.79 over a sloppy 6 ½ furlongs on a track that was not readily giving up fast times even though it was being very good to speed.  Modern was speed as he set stiff fractions (:22.51, :45.54, 1:09.86) and still got the last 1/16th in less than seven seconds.  The former Southern California resident Bistraya ran on well to be second and was lapped on the winner at the finish, although without ever looking like he was going to get there.  Venetian Mask continues to crank out strong finishes and he finished strongly for third in this one without threatening the top two.

Modern broke sharply from outside his four competitors and quickly assumed the lead. He was pursued early by the turf router Hobbit’s Hero who tried valiantly but was unable to even get Modern’s attention.  After the winner shrugged that one off, the only possible threat lay with Bistraya who made a strong run around the final turn along the rail but straightened out for the drive still with a little too much to do.  He is a lightly raced 4-year-old who can clearly handle the turns and moisture, and that, coupled with some obvious ability, could make him a serious stakes player if he can handle three-turn routes.  The ever-improving Venetian Mask, who was beaten a nose in the Grade 3 Premier’s at a mile-and-three-eighths last fall, has put together two more than credible sprints and will be a force at a distance.

But Sunday belonged to Modern who, at age 7 is still more than capable of a star turn in a career that has seen him win 6 stakes and place in 8 others, both sprinting and long. Modern debuted at Del Mar in August of 2012, the first of 28 races and 9 wins.  He has been 1-2-3 twenty times against the toughest company available at Hastings over the last five seasons.

Swift Thoroughbreds owns Modern who is by the two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow. He was bred in Kentucky by Darley and is out of the A.P. Indy mare Interior Design who is a full-sister to the Champion Two-Year-Old Filly of 2001, Tempera.  Modern is trained by Dino Condilenios who knows a little about winning the George Royal, this being his 8th, the first coming in 2002 courtesy of another pretty nice horse, Lord Nelson who won it twice himself.

Swift Thoroughbreds has also had some success in the race, this being their sixth George Royal. They have now won the last three with Modern who joined Shrug (2013), Almost Time (2012) and Teide (2010).

Also Noteworthy:

Dino Condilenios kicked off a premium quality training triple (three in a row in fact) in the fifth when Salzburg ($8.30) won a race carded as an Allowance Optional Claimer but was in reality an Allowance for non-winners of two lifetime. Romario Saunders had the mount for Swift Thoroughbreds who, of course, had the same triple as Condilenios.  Their mutual win in the George Royal was mentioned previously.  Their triple was completed in the seventh when the frequent runner-up Silvertown ($3.50) found some non-stakes company that he absolutely loved and laid a 4-length dusting on them under rider Corinne Andros.

The fillies version of Silvertown’s race went as the fourth and it was won by Babys Got Track ($21.80) in a driving finish with Classic Statement. Apprentice Jose Asencio’s weight allowance had the winner in 5 pounds lighter than the runner-up as they finished a head apart.

HEARTSET TOOK THE OPENER ON MOTHER’S DAY WHICH WAS ONE OF TWO FOR LEADING RIDER DAVID LOPEZ – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Leading rider David Lopez won two on the day. He took the opener with Heartset ($4.20) for owner/trainer Patti Leaney and he won the third with Texas Alley Cat ($5.10) for North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. and trainer Elizabeth Stolzenberg.

The second race was an open $16,000 claimer for older horses and it provided the day’s only claim when the winner, Dashing Don ($15.20) went to a new barn after winning for owner L. D. S. Enterprises, Ltd. James Brown trained the winner.

Rachael Run ($4.00) closed out the weekend with a win as the even-money favorite for Carousel Farms and Toni Cloutier. Mark Cloutier trains the winner who was ridden Enrique Gonzalez.

After six racing days David Lopez leads all riders with 10 wins. Richard Hamel has 7 while Enrique Gonzalez and Amadeo Perez have 6 apiece.

Philip Hall tops the trainers having racked up 8 wins, three more than Greg Tracy in second. Sandi Gann and Elizabeth Stolzenberg each have 4 victories.

North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. has 4 to top the owners’ table. Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. and Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. have both won three.