It may be just talk. The article I read today was kind of the other way around, that he might go to Dubai but that would mean he wouldn’t go in the Met Mile. We’ll see!I’d like Life is Good to go to Dubai, but there’s talk of him meeting Flightline in the Met Mile.
I am really sad for Medina Spirit, and for his owners and his breeder, who is a small operation and bred her horse of a lifetime. Barbara Livingston has been posting some haunting photos of him; he really had a sensitive eye.Banned substance means disqualification. I am sad for MS, but it is the right decision.
Weren’t his horses already excluded from gaining points in Derby preps, thereby effectively knocking Baffert out of this year’s Derby.I am really sad for Medina Spirit, and for his owners and his breeder, who is a small operation and bred her horse of a lifetime. Barbara Livingston has been posting some haunting photos of him; he really had a sensitive eye.
I can see the rationale for the decision, but at the same time, I thought the additional testing provided pretty good proof that the drug detected came from an ointment applied, not from injection. If they were going to DQ Medina regardless, they could have done it at the beginning, as soon as the split sample came back positive as well. I know most here have no love for Baffert, but it’s a bit odd that they waited this long and banned him for 90 days NOW, which prevents him from entering horses in the Derby. I am not suggesting they did it on purpose, but may have considered it a bonus for waiting this long.
Yes, you're right, but I somehow was thinking there was previously a loophole, but maybe not. He still has several good 3-year-olds in training; their owners will have to switch trainers to other trainers and try to get enough derby points in the remaining prep races.Weren’t his horses already excluded from gaining points in Derby preps, thereby effectively knocking Baffert out of this year’s Derby.
I too, am sad for the connections and especially the horse. You can see the parallel with Jessica Calalang’s positive test (eye lash serum) and this skin ointment used to treat MS. I’m conflicted b/c this is not the first, second or even third drug positive for the Baffert barn.
I was excited about Pharoah's boy Forbidden Kingdom. Wouldn't it be something if he runs in the Derby and wins?Good day of racing today! My Going to Vegas is running at SA for her first start of the year.
I saw this and was sad because I like their operation so much. They have always been so kind to me and have supported Old Friends too. Never any hesitation letting people pet the stallions on the shoulder while posting; those horses are so well cared for. I wonder what will happen to the stallions. An earlier article said they were open to leasing the stallions to whoever buys the farm but this latest one didn't mention anything.
Of course, it would be better to have no catastrophic injuries at all, but as long as there are domesticated horses, there will be catastrophic injuries.The 2021 rate of fatal injury, 1.39 per 1,000 starts, is the lowest rate in the 13 years the [Equine Injury Database] has collected such data. It marks the third straight year that a record low has been reported for such incidents since the EID's launch in 2009. The risk of fatal injury in 2021 declined 1.4% from 2020 and 30.5% overall since 2009.
I was happy too! What a plucky horse. He and his rider were patient, he went around other horses, including at the end (his move around another horse at that point reminded me of Zenyatta’s in her BCC win) and you can really see him surge ahead about 50 yards from the wire. Tough horse, as evidenced by him trying to kill the outrider’s pony!Well, I did NOT have Rich Strike to win the derby. That said, this derby just made me SO HAPPY and I can't even explain why.