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A FEW THOUGHTS ON THE CLAIMING DILEMMA

Many owners in racing lament the claiming program as practiced here in the United States. David Lengel stated in a letter of 12/24/11, to the Thoroughbred Times,"it would make sense to give horse time if needed, instead of medicating through all the problems, if we knew when we came back off a layoff we could race at some level without having our rehab project "claimed." His comment "Race, jam, inject, medicate every last ounce of profit out of the claiming horse, and do not be the last man stuck with the horse when the horse is broken down and can no longer compete," is a very sad and sometimes realistic result of the claiming game.
One of the reasons people come into racing is because they love the horse and love the idea of having a race horse. Most are told by the trainers not to fall in love with the horse as this is a business. It is okay to fall in love with horses and racing and still be a part of the business. The tough part is having to put the horse "where he belongs" when he can't win at allowance levels.
For an owner, and many are business men, it makes no sense to spend $40,000.00 or $50,000.00 getting the horse to the races to be told he must run for $5,000.00 in order to win. If he does well in that "cheap" race, there is a good chance he will be claimed. This is a difficult concept for many to grasp. While in Buenas Aires last year, I was surprised and fascinated to see races with conditions like "Horses that have not been fifth or better in their last five starts". The purses are less for these horses but they still can earn money and the handicappers can find it just as challenging to pick a winner in a group like this...evenly matched.
Changing anything in racing is a massive undertaking...how many reading this would like to see changes like this one...maybe certain tracks could start writing this kind of race..and see how it goes! My goal for the last 30 years has been to bring more caring owners into racing...I suspect they would stay in longer if they felt their horses could run at any level with out being claimed!
By the way, Mr Antonio Bullrich, the head of the Jockey Club in Argentina, stated that they will be banning Lasix (Salix) for racing next year. He is a fifth generation breeder and feels that the use of Lasix and other medications has weakened the breed. He is very passionate about his horses and is a leader in the industry.
Perhaps we could learn something from our Colleagues in the South!

THE MEDICATION ISSUE!

This is a list of allowable medications…is this "Drug Free Racing"?

Who needs illegal meds with these permissible ones?

PAINKILLERS

14 days out

Firocoxib


48 hours out

Butorphenol

Diclofenac


24 hours out

Flunixin (Banamaine)

Ketophren

Phenylbutazone (Bute)


ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES

7 Days out

Betamethasone

Methylprednisolone

Triamcinolone acetonide


72 hours out

Dexamethasone


48 hours out

DMSO (Topically)


PREDNISOLONE to be determined


CLENBUTEROL

14 days out


MUSCLE RELAXANT

48 hours out

Dantrolene

Methocarbamol


ANESTHETIC

72 hours out

Mepivacaine


THIS LIST WAS TAKEN FROM MID ATLANTIC THOROUGHBRED MAGAZINE..APRIL 2013

WHO NEEDS ILLEGAL DRUGS WHEN YOU CAN USE ALL OF THIS LEGALLY!

HAVING OVERAGES WITH SO MUCH ALLOWABLE…MAKES YOU WONDER?

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