Fascinating developments within the indictments, ideas on the Propulsion case and my main persona defect – Harness Racing Replace

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Interesting developments in the indictments, thoughts on the Propulsion case and my major personality defect - Harness Racing Update


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by Ron Gurfein

Tidbits: There are some fascinating developments within the indictment story. The protection attorneys’ responses to the numerous indictments handed down by the Southern District of New York involving horse racing have disclosed that they may struggle the legality of the wire faucets in among the instances as their foundation of protection.

To me, if this seems to be a profitable protection, it’s a crushing blow to the prosecution. Essentially the most damning proof within the instances are the cellphone conversations that give perception into the true intent of the perpetrators.

In different information on the topic, the New York State Gaming Fee medical director Dr. Scott Palmer DVM ordered the testing of all of the New York-based horses concerned with the people named within the indictments. He discovered 77 per cent of these examined have been all constructive for the drug Clenbuterol though it by no means appeared of their particular person veterinary stories. Dr. Palmer states that that is proof that the drug is broadly used as a efficiency enhancer and never merely as a aid from chest congestion. It has at all times been believed that Clenbuterol has the identical long-term impact as anabolic steroids and can bulk up the muscle mass of an equine athlete.

Within the first main listening to within the Southern District, authorities prosecutor Andrew Adams claimed that there effectively might be additional prices introduced towards the already charged defendants in addition to the potential for a brand new wave of recent indictments.

Within the listening to, that solely concerned about half the indictees, all charged plead not responsible.

They included: Jason Servis, Jorge Navarro, and Chris Oakes essentially the most formidable of the defendants.

I cannot bore you with the courtroom particulars however a lot of the discussions concerned protection attorneys complaining concerning the huge quantity of discovery introduced by the state. Clearly, it is a good factor.

Mainly all of it comes right down to an amazing period of time allotted for trial preparation that may push the finality of the scenario effectively into subsequent summer season. I’ll keep on it as it will likely be an fascinating experience to say the least.

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R.I.P. Scottie Harris, an excellent good friend and one of many really nice characters in Kentucky harness historical past. Scottie, other than being a prime horseman, was to me just like the Mayor of the Pink Mile for many years. His smile, fast wit and real kindness will at all times be remembered.

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The primary stories on Lasix ban are all POSITIVE. To all of you which have predicted gloom and doom and refused to lend your assist of the Integrity Act due to the concern that the game would crumble with the banning of Lasix, the primary main take a look at is over.

The Breeders’ Cup 2-year-olds all ran with out using the drug and there have been no main incidents of extreme bleeding. On prime of that reality is the evaluation by lots of the trainers that discovered their horses racing with out the drug got here out of the races with much more power.

The true take a look at will are available 2021 when all of the stakes races are competed with out using Lasix. Keep tuned.

Mvh Gosta Paterson (Sweden) asks: re: Propulsion Gate… After Propulsion was low-nerved coach Tony Alagna was speculated to report it to the race workplace. Are you able to verify if it has been completed? Can or not it’s confirmed by any paperwork? Was it doable to acquire this info earlier than the public sale? These solutions might weigh on the diploma of guilt of Daniel Redén.

I’ve spoken with Tony Alagna and every little thing was completed and reported in a well timed and correct style. The issues which have arisen weren’t with the trainers however have been purely procedural.

Instantly following the surgical process, Tony knowledgeable the racing workplace on the Meadowlands that the horse had been nerved. Subsequently the race workplace posted it on their bulletin board so the knowledge was public data. Sadly, the USTA doesn’t obtain that kind of disclosure till the conclusion of the assembly. That’s the place the cluster f—okay begins.

With out the knowledge coming from the Meadowlands in actual time it’s inconceivable for the affiliation to enter the process on a horses papers. It’s the timing that’s the offender in a case as this not anyone particular person.

Only a few logical issues might have occurred to keep away from the horrible scenario. One wouldn’t count on that Daniel Redén can be trying on the data within the race workplace nor would he be asking about nerving. So far as Tony Alagna is worried I’m certain he had no concept in anyway {that a} nerved horse couldn’t race in Sweden.

There’s a paper path when you want to pursue it. You possibly can contact the Meadowlands and ask in the event that they hold the bulletins and request a duplicate. That may show the story in its entirety is appropriate.

To this author, Daniel Redén is 100 per cent harmless of any malicious intent within the matter. When he chosen the colt for buy I’m sure that discovering out whether or not he had been nerved was nowhere in his thoughts. The over-bearing choice by the Swedish Trotting Assn. needs to be referred to a correct courtroom and reversed.

Dean Adams asks: I used to be trying into previous data and I used to be stunned to search out you actually by no means skilled a giant steady. Was that by design or have been there different elements?

I must reply that each have been indirectly related.

For essentially the most half, large stables misplaced a lot of their reputation with the demise of the massive coaching amenities. The lack of Pompano’s coaching facet and Ben White Raceway might not have been a figuring out issue however they didn’t assist the massive outfits.

Barns comparable to Haughton, Dancer, Popfinger, Silverman, Sholty, and so forth. with their units of eight on the half hour have been gone till not too long ago with the rise of Burke, Alagna, Miller and Takter.

In my period of Grand Circuit coaching, the massive weapons comparable to Sylvester, Erickson, Takter, Toscano, Smedshammer, and Holloway, the one large steady that existed was Erv Miller and that was primarily as a consequence of the truth that he was coaching 50 Illinois-bred colts and the others caught primarily to open stakes prospects.

I might say a big barn in these days was 50 head. I stayed principally within the 25 vary.

Not simply by alternative, however I had a serious persona defect that wasn’t evident in most of my fellow trainers.

That defect was, I used to be a bit too caustic. I used to be a horse coach, not a child sitter, not a psychiatrist, and really not a good friend until I needed to be. I’m a really social particular person however I need to spend my time with individuals I get pleasure from, not be pressured into social conditions due to enterprise.

My different drawback was I felt that if a horse was in my care and I deemed it a dropping proposition for the proprietor I ought to be capable of freely say, promote the animal with out extreme recriminations.

I blew off probably one of many greatest homeowners within the sport in George Steinbrenner. John Cashman, visited my workplace every single day at 6:30 a.m. Someday he informed me George needed to ship me some horses. The following day the truck comes with 5 head, one worse than the opposite. A few week later after exhausting all prospects I referred to as and mentioned to George, ‘4 of the colts are terrible, both dangerous gaited or simply no expertise One was very good however wanted inexperienced grass for not less than three months.’ He requested me to attempt them for a few months, to which I replied, ‘I promise you they are going to be no higher in 60 days then they’re now.’ The following day the truck involves ship them to a different coach. Everyone knows the remainder of the story, however the dangerous information is I by no means skilled one other horse for George Steinbrenner once more.

To me there are two varieties of homeowners. Those that when you say your horse is not any good, they instantly put it in a sale. I like that.
Then there are those that say thanks and ship it to a different coach. I hate that.

Consider me I had no concern that somebody was going to enhance on my coaching it was simply an ego factor that somebody would suppose I used to be flawed.

Yearly I went west with my total barn after the Hambletonian and if I had a horse than was non-competitive on the Grand Circuit I might inform the proprietor to maneuver the horse to a different coach, that was a traditional yearly ritual, however I prefer it when the selection is mine.

Focal point. There was one horse that I believed was higher when he left my barn and I believed I missed one thing. I used to be proper. The coach of mentioned horse is without doubt one of the indicted people that may quickly be doing arduous time or singing for his supper.

Alan Kelley asks: it’s been endlessly since you’ve gotten given us a e-book. Please give us some new studying solutions.

Sorry I simply can’t. It’s been two years since I proposed The place The Crawdads Sing and justly acquired a number of constructive suggestions because it remained close to the highest of the NY Instances Finest Vendor listing for all that point. I normally learn a e-book every week, however have been on a foul streak and right down to half that. It appears all my favourite authors Grisham, Silva, Connelly and so forth. are all affected by mind lapse. They’re all writing however not a lot worthy of reward is ensuing. This too will change keep tuned.

Alternatively, there are some tv sequence that I’ve discovered profoundly intriguing.

The Queens Gambit supplied by Netflix is the story of an orphaned Lexington, KY lady who learns to play chess from the janitor of her orphanage as a pre-teen. Subsequently, she rises to the perfect on the earth whereas combating a drug and alcohol habit. It takes place within the Nineteen Fifties and ‘60s. The story is predicated on a novel by Walter Teis, well-known for The Hustler, the story of “Quick Eddie Felson” performed by Paul Newman within the film with the identical identify. Nicely price watching.

The Undoing, from HBO has an all-star forged led by Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Southerland. It’s one other fabulous providing. It’s a homicide thriller and into the fourth episode this author could make a case for everybody within the forged being the assassin. A should see.

Thanks all once more for the sort phrases. Please hold the questions coming in. Don’t miss the wonderful card on the Meadowlands tomorrow night time. There shall be greater than $2.6 million on the road and probably year-end honors. Have a beautiful week.

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