06/25/2008 6:00PM

Landaluce, gate scratches, Rose suspension

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I do not recall if Noble Causeway was injured or if he ever raced again.  He is standing at stud in Lexington.  But the point is that if a rider feels that something is amiss with a horse he is probably right.  And yes it is frustrating to the connections and to the bettors to have a gate scratch.  But frustration is a very large part of this game. 
Ray Manley

Ray, That was an excellent point about Noble Causeway w/ Bailey/Zito. To me, he was a 'total bet-against' when he showed back up a few days or so later @ the Spa, with I believe J. Castellano up.
Steve V


Noble Causeway was scratched in the post parade of the Jim Dandy, and was eased a few days later at 19-10 odds under Ramon Dominguez.  He then had a chip removed, and started 10 times after the debacle, winning an optional claimer at Gulfstream.  Here are some columns from David Grening at the time of the incident:

http://www.drf.com/drfNewsArticle.do?NID=67313&subs=0&arc=1

http://www.drf.com/drfNewsArticle.do?NID=67459&subs=0&arc=1

http://www.drf.com/drfNewsArticle.do?NID=67670&subs=0&arc=1

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BTW,
What do you guys and gals make of the suspension of jockey Jeremy Rose for cruel and excessive use of the whip by Deleware racing officials? Six months, no less.
vicstu

...I'm not for abusing horse or anything, I'm just trying to play Devil's Advocate and it seems like Rose has become the new whipping boy for horse racing and make it appear as if it's "cleaning up it's image".
g or g


I've been following Delaware this meet, and this isn't the first time that Rose's actions have come into question.  On May 12, I was co-hosting the New York City OTB program with Peter Rotundo, and we noticed Rose tearing the hide off runner-up Chief Export with 100 yards to go, and no hope of winning the race.  If you go to calracing.com (free registration), and load up the May 12 race at Delaware, you'll see what I mean.  Chief Export is breaking from post two, and is program number three.  He breaks slowly, and rushes into a tight spot on the inside turning for home.  After checking and angling to the outside, he fails to run down win-machine Spooky Mulder.  Rose has no chance to win in late stretch, but still gives Chief Export a good beating on his shoulder.  After the race, we called for his head on live TV, and in the wake of the Eight Belles incident, wondered how in the heck Rose could be allowed to ride in the Preakness later that week.  I can understand his frustration over the bad trip, but the horse didn't deserve the hiding.
I think the lengthy suspension is justified in that it sends out a message that the whole world is scrutinizing our sport, and that animal abuse will not be tolerated.

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Dan,
Anyway, I was looking at my 'horse watch' the other day and was wondering whatever happened to the horse Belly Rub. I know he was by Buddah and always thought that was a clever name. I remembering him winning a stakes at Aquaduct maybe a year or two ago, but he hasn't shown up anywhere since. Just wondering if you had any info? Also, whatever happened to CP West?
Thanks,
Mike


Belly Rub last ran on April 21, 2007 in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico.  He finished last of six, and hasn't recorded a published workout since November 7, 2007.  C P West was sent to Florida to prep for a 4-year-old campaign after winning the Wild Again Stakes at Belmont on November 1, but hasn't recorded a published workout since that race. 

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Congrats to Team Zayat for Star of David's debut win at Churchill on Wednesday afternoon. 

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Dan - do you think wagering by the connetions can hurt the sport?  At least in terms of people's perceptions?
john r


I believe it's against the rules of racing for an owner/trainer/jockey to bet against their horse (let's see that rule be enforced), but I don't have a problem if they're betting on their charge to win.  They're showing confidence in their horse, and are trying to get some of the money that goes to vet bills, feed bills, training bills, etc. back.  If it comes out that people are betting against their own horses, then public perception would swell that the game is "fixed."

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Then, and this is potentially breaking news, I've heard from a solid source that there is a Lidocaine positive coming for the trainer of the horse that many believe to be the best in the world.
Blue Horseshoe

DRF's Marty McGee is reporting (Friday print edition) that Steve Asmussen will be served notice tomorrow morning for a Lidocaine positive at Lone Star while Richard Dutrow Jr. was notified today that one of his horses tested positive for clenbuterol at Churchill Downs.

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Talk to you tomorrow,

Dan