09/22/2014 12:51PM

Santa Anita to await CHRB ruling on whipping


Santa Anita, in a change of plans, will not institute a house rule regarding whipping at its meeting that begins on Friday and will instead await the California Horse Racing Board vote on a proposed statewide rule at its monthly meeting Nov. 20, Tom Ludt, the president of Santa Anita, said in a letter sent late last week to Rick Baedeker, the executive director of the racing board.

Ludt earlier this month said Santa Anita, working in conjunction with the Jockeys’ Guild, was set to implement a house rule regarding whipping at its upcoming race meeting. But subsequent to that, the racing board announced it would debate and potentially vote on a new rule at its November meeting. In light of that development, Ludt thought it best to wait so that the rule “is consistently applied throughout the California circuit,” he wrote in his letter to Baedeker.

“Santa Anita does want to reiterate though that it fully supports this amendment to the riding crop rule,” Ludt wrote, adding he hopes the rule “closely mirrors that of the international community.”

The rule that Santa Anita was set to implement, and that the racing board will debate, would limit a jockey to hitting a horse three times in succession before trying something else to urge the horse. Darrell Haire, a former rider who is the local representative of the Jockeys’ Guild, said local jockeys had been consulted recently about the upcoming rule.

If adopted, as expected, this would be the second adjustment to whipping for California jockeys in recent years. Local riders five years ago were required to switch to a whip that is said to be kinder to the animals, with a long, padded popper that conveys the urgency of the situation to the horse by the popping sound it makes and as much as being struck on the hindquarters.

Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
Everyone involved on this issue from CHRB members to racing fans that have posted on here, seems to have overlooked what I, as a lifelong race-tracker, (Ret.) can best refer too as plain ole 'horse sense'. First off, never forget that horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, are as individual as any other species on the planet Earth. They will almost all have a different approach/reaction toward similar situations. Being as use of the whip in races is the issue at hand, I'll make reference to a post below where someone suggests that Wild Again won his BBC race without being struck with the whip a single time. On the other hand Jockey Ray Sibble won a BCMile on Great Communicator. He was a horse that needed his jock to begin whipping him soon as they straightened out on the backstretch if not sooner, before he'd offer up that gallant finish. Two top quality horses with 100% different attitudes about use of the whip by their riders. If this silly rule about not allowing jocks to get the best effort out of their mounts, I shutter to think about what follows, oh wait, so what about a rainy day and the track is sloppy. Not unlike the whip insofar as some love the mud, but others despise it. The ole ' different approach/reaction toward similar situations' comes into play once again, leaving me wondering how we should penalize the horses that like mud, or the ones that don't? Or, God forbid, if the CHRB realizes some horses enjoy turf while others don't...yeah, just fine the heck out of the riders 'cause the horse they rode didn't handle it as well as the winner. A final reminder, Horse Sense rocks, No Sense will end horse racing as we've known it throughout history.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
Bob gets MAD as ***- over this! why don't you wack yourself on your rear end with that outdated whip and let us know how you feel. I could picture you watching a race and saying, man, if only that stupid jockey would have whipped that horse two or three more times I would have hit that %#@&ng exacta!
shawn kennedy More than 1 year ago
Whips leave welt marks and can cut skin in some cases. Watch slow-mo replays and you'll see many horses are whipped on the stifle or the belly.
Allen Payne More than 1 year ago
riding crops and buggy whips have been used on horses / mules /draft animals etc..since the beginning ...its the carless use of the whip that is in question .if a rider is wild in using the whip and hits the horse next to him across the nose ,I guarantee you he will be DQ'd before he returns to the winners circle ....since the CHRB is not making a decision till November maybe its prudent to wait till then to talk about this issue ..after all we haven't heard from "PETA" on the issue yet ..I'm more interested in giving a horse a 'tap' on the shoulder ,to get him to change 'leads' etc. so he can get that TRI or SFC or Exacta or WIN for me ...Of course ,we could take the betting aspect OUT of racing and watch for the 'Beauty' of the sport ? That would really fill the grandstand up !...see ya'll in November ....
shawn kennedy More than 1 year ago
Again, horses don't get DQ'd- riders get fined.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
How about you can only hit a horse three times period, in a race. Not a cause for disqualification, but a fine for the rider and trainer and the fine increases with each incident.
Allen Payne More than 1 year ago
Jim , I agree with you ..They have rules in effect now about abuse of the 'whip' but seldom enforced ..The whip is needed sometime when urging a horse to change leads (a tap on the shoulder might do the trick ) or if the horse is lugging in or out and could cause trouble for other horses or jockeys , so elimination of the stick IMO is not a good idea ..Agree with the comment most vet jocks know when their mounts are leg-weary and out of run and they put away the whip ..we have all seen it many times ...
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
Whoa, the trainer should be fined?!?!?! Oh, wait, I got it, the trainer will ride along in a side cart with a buggy whip, right? So, are the trainer and the jock's whippings combined or do they each get three slashes? Never done learnin' in hoss racin' I reckon.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
These clowns need to go to England and look over what the BHA has in place, then come back and make the necessary changes.
Allen Payne More than 1 year ago
So, your horse WINS at 20-1 your in line for a BIG payoff in the gimmicks ..and the INQ. sign goes up .....Your horse is DQ'd because he was hit with the whip 4 times ???..I can hear the outrage from here ..........
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
No the result would stand, but the Jock would be suspended and fined like in England.
Allen Payne More than 1 year ago
P Cerv More than 1 year ago
Take ALL crops away in every two year old race period. Mandatory set of xrays on file for every 2 year old starter. Jocks ride with NO crops in all 2yo races. The knees must be closed on the set of xrays prior to the horses first start.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
You need the whip for Juveniles. They are prone to changing leads, and getting sideways in the stretch.
Stephen Mercier More than 1 year ago
corporal punishment is not a big seller these days......
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Just get rid of it, no stupid 3 times rule. Whip or no whip. People who play exacta, tris and supers will feel cheated.