3---THE PRE-RACE WARM-UP
the jockey fails to offer at least a 4 furlong
pre-race warm-up to get all the oxygen-delivering red
blood cells out of a runner’s spleen, a horse will very rarely
run back to his best number in which he
did get a proper pre-race warm-up.
yes, a handful horses do win races every day while “walked”
or only “slow-trotted” in the pre-race period all across America, but
the overwhelming vast majority of
winners at major racetracks receive at least 4 furlongs of cantering
and hopefully more.
you get further and further down the class hierarchy on any racing circuit,
more and more horses get less and less of
a pre-race warm-up for many reasons.
instance, in the lower claiming ranks a cagey trainer has his “problematic
claiming horse” literally “walked” in the 10 minute pre-race
so that the track vet can’t see the problem and
scratch him----this slick trainer is trying to dump his “damaged
goods” on some other unknowing conditioner who might jump into
the claim box and purchase his nightmare.
reason might be that a “betting” stable doesn’t
want to take 4-5 at the mutuel windows and tells
their stable jockey NOT to warm up the horse.
is nothing illegal about this type of a stiff. If there
were, half the trainers and jockeys in America would be on suspension
at any given time.
could go on and on with other excuses as to why a horse wasn’t properly
warmed up before a race, but that isn’t within the scope of this writing.
is within the scope is that a non-warm-up DOES
NOTHING to help any horses’
chances in any race------period!
you for one minute doubt this, ask any veterinarian about red blood
cells and oxygen delivery. And if you can find
a single vet who tells you that proper oxygen delivery isn’t
necessary for exacting performances, I’ll show
you a bonifide and blatant liar and someone who should have his
should your selection fail to run to his best number even though passing
your most stringent paddock inspection, if he didn’t warm-up
properly in the pre-race, he couldn’t accomplish what he accomplished
in the past.
It’s really a no-brainer!
4---FRACTIOUS IN PADDOCK AND/OR REFUSES
who are fractious in the paddock are wasting
precious energy that will be needed for
the upcoming race.
fractious, I mean acting like a “nut” for any number of reasons while
requiring his groom and/or trainer to take a very strong
hold off the lead chain or perhaps employ 2 lead chains and 2 grooms
this horse would rather be someplace else, like the solace
of his stall.
simply doesn’t want to get involved in this “racing”
thing this afternoon-------period! His
constant wheeling and/or rearing up and never-ending battle with his
groom attests to his unwillingness to run, let alone actually
these circumstances, how could you expect your
“number” horse to perform to his maximum?
he’s fractious, he most likely left half of his race in
excellent “backpaper” in the Racing Form suddenly becomes totally
finish his race somewhere down the backstretch and you can count on
5----FORCIBLY LOADED INTO THE STARTING
hate this one!
you don’t really know of a horse’s unwillingness to participate
until it is too late and you can’t
cancel your ticket in time no matter how fast you run back to the windows
knees buckle and my heart sinks every single time I see
my selection forcibly loaded into the starting gate by
4 or more assistant starters UNLESS the horse in
question has a past history of same and wins nonetheless.
Southern California, I can count those aberrations on
If he’s forcibly loaded, he won’t replicate the past and you can
make book on that!