| Mojo News and Notes
May 21, 2007
By Fred Taylor, Jr.
To say that
another tragedy befell the Thoroughbred Industry at Pimlico this year
when Curlin beat Street Sense in the Preakness is probably
an overstatement; but it certainly left me with an uneasy feeling once
the race became official. Here’s why:
because the chance of a Triple Crown winner was spoiled once again—although,
that certainly is a downer. What concerns
me is the fact that the horse that won the Preakness is trained by a man
who has been cited 22 times because of medication violations. (This
recently served a six-month suspension when one of the horses that he
trains failed a drug test for an excessive, albeit suspicious,
quantity* of a banned substance.) The
fact that one of
the Classics was won by a horse that has a trainer that has numerous
medication violations is disturbing and raises the following concerns:
The subject is a
controversial, confusing, and frustrating for trainers,
owners, and racing fans alike. Medication policies are complex and vary
from state-to-state. Passive acceptance "that's just the way
things are" is not the solution, and efforts should be made by everyone who participates in the
racing industry to better understand the process.
- Why would a person with so much at stake put his reputation at risk?
- Why doesn't the industry adopt national standards** for medications?
use of medications allows horses that shouldn’t be in a race
(because they are injured or incapable) to compete - although for a
short period of time before the horse breaks down.
What can be
you care about medication rules or not, the “win at all
cost” mentality should not be part of your stable's strategy.
Mojo Racing Partners want to make sure our Runners are
competitive, but we will not "cheat" to have it.
the highest quality of care for your horse(s) win, lose, or
draw. Mojo Racing Partners demand and provide the
best services for our Runners.
familiar with your trainer's policies, practices, and procedures
surrounding the use of medications. Make sure your trainer
knows that you insist on strict adherence to the medication rules and his services will be immediately terminated if he knowingly violates the medication rules—which we have.
- Demand stiff penalties
(including immediate suspension and hefty fines) for trainers who
are caught breaking the rules and/or using illegal substances.
- Call for uniform/national
I'm sorry if this topic leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Mojo Racing Partners is setting a cutting-edge Ownership standard, and I
want you to know that I do not condone practices that will jeopardize the
integrity of our Mojo Product, this Industry, or this Sport.
Nafzger (Street Sense’s Trainer, who also won the 1990 Kentucky Derby and
Breeders’ Cup Classic with Unbridled) said:
“Winning isn’t everything in this game."
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substance found in the horse's body was not a typical medication, and
was well beyond the limits of a normal/rational medication dose.
**United States of America is the only country (around the
world) that allows medications to be used in Thoroughbred racing. Thoroughbred racing does not have a
centralized racing office, and all rules and regulations surrounding medications are “state based."