5th reason that a bad-looking horse could and sometimes does
win a race is because he’s drugged.
can be legal, illegal or a combination of both.
you ever spent anytime of consequence as a groom or a hotwalker etc.,
you know the actual word “drug” is never heard from a
backside worker’s mouth to include a trainer or assistant trainer.
It is all part of the backside mindset that the “frontside”, to include
every single owner and $2 punter, should always be kept
in the dark, even if nothing illegal is being administered!
they don’t know won’t hurt them” is usually the reply of these condescending
course from a wagering standpoint, even legal “drugging”
is quite important if for nothing more than to know how another horse
beat you, or perhaps to explain how you were bright enough to capitalized
on a momentary situation where a horse was “legally” going 1st
or 2nd lasix while adding “bute”.
two legal panaceas (bute and lasix) and a host of other
little legal “goodies” are not supposed to “enhance”
performance. (If you still believe that nonsense,
contact me at once. I have “swampland” in the middle of downtown Del
Mar I can let you have for 20 bucks an acre).
now, every serious horseplayer alive knows that 1st and 2nd
time lasix does enhance performance
and frequently in a big and winning way. And if you continue to believe
the horse manure fed you by racetrack chemists, vets, officials, etc.,
you deserve to lose your money.
offer fuller treatments of legal drugging in my earlier books if you’d
like deeper explanations of the interaction of these 2 legal drugs (bute
and lasix) and their undeniable ability to “mask”
virtually anything that most racing jurisdictions are testing for.
every single horse put into this lasix scenario is necessarily cheating
thru illegal and undetectable additives, but surely enough of them suddenly
run so well that to deny the performance enhancing benefits derived
from theses drugs is to insult everyone’s intelligence.
simply don’t knock 2 to 3 seconds off their fastest races because they
were offered just lasix.
the other side of the coin, banned substances (that track officials
know about) are plentiful and far too many to discuss in this writing.
Even more numerous are the “designer” drugs that flow on backsides like
water over Niagara Falls. Simply put, if any racing jurisdiction doesn’t
have a test for a specific substance, metabolites of that illegal substance
will show up in the post-race state urine test as an unidentifiable
or indistinguishable metabolite----much the way a food metabolite would
show up. That being the case, nobody did anything wrong as far as the
state is concerned, even though these metabolites haven’t been identified.
You can’t blame the state for not finding something that they aren’t
testing for and therein lies the problem.
in the Olympics, they can tell you what specific drug is in any and
every participant, why can’t racetracks have more sophisticated tests
geared toward their specific problems.
a word, money!
even if offered unlimited funds capable of detecting everything and
anything in a horse’s system, what’s the point in possibly catching
the majority of your revenue base cheating while in search
of purse money? If the state caught too many, racing would slow down
or stop and the state would lose a nice piece of tax revenue, not to
mention untold unemployment compensation given to all the displaced
hope I didn’t make you paranoid about illegally drugged horses, but
in writing a piece like this, I have to show you the many
different sides of this drug coin. To skip the topic would be misleading
at best and still leave you in the dark as to why a bad-looking horse
runs a winning race.
a horse doesn’t “feel” that enlarged front ankle
or blown knee due to “a little help from his friends”, he’ll run as
he did before acquiring his problem until the ankle snaps or the knee
shatters. And that just might be fast enough to win any given race
depending on the state of affairs of the other contestants!
it to say that somewhere in your horseplaying career, a poor-looking
drugged horse (legal or illegal) with zero energy and one who couldn’t
get his head over his shoulders in the paddock, beat you.
Maybe by only a nose, head or neck, but you ripped up your losing ticket
nonetheless. Accept it as it’s never going to change. The bad guys
will always be one step in front of the good guys until the good guys
discover exactly what the substance is. But by that time, the bad guys
are on to something new.
WEEK----PART 4 and CONCLUSION