discussion on “physicality handicapping” would be complete
without an in depth look at negative equipment and how this
negative equipment literally “robs“ you at the mutuel
you currently play the major Southern California racing circuit, you
might be interested in knowing that this negative equipment is
tracked by the staff of the SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HORSES
TO WATCH. It is published weekly in their “Master No-No
the best place to begin is with front wraps.
Daily Racing Form now offers their readers notification of the addition
and deletion of front wraps. But a caveat is in orderif you use the Racing Form information------at
least in Southern California!
timesthey completely miss the addition and
deletion of front wraps when the wraps are black
in color. One can only assume that the person on the Racing Form’s
staff responsible for this extremely important piece of information
fails to visit the paddock each and every race, or fails to use binoculars
from his “comfy” armchair in the press box.
John Dolan and Doug Peterson always use black front wraps
in Southern California, yet they are missed 100% of the time by
the Racing Form staff if the horse in question is a bay or is black
or dark brown in color. Unless you’re close up and on top of
a horse in the paddock or use binoculars from the
press box, these wraps are very easy to miss on dark-coated
horses! One can only assume that if this is happening on the
major Southern California circuit at Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood
Park, it is happening elsewhere as well to include your
long front leg bandages imply tendon problems
either real or imagined, many trainers tape every claiming horse that
they run to make other trainers “think twice” before dropping
a claim slip on their runner. In other words, it’s similar to bluffing
in poker. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the horse to warrant
those front bandages. If the trainer can imply tendon
and/or ankle problems, it’s a cheap insurance policy that guarantees
he’ll still be the trainer of the horse after the race. Sometimes it
is easy to scare off potential claim-aways-----especially the higher
up the claiming ladder you go!
can’t possibly see how front leg bandages really help or hurt any horse.
If he’s basically sound, they won’t stop him from winning
unless the track is muddy and mud could cling to the bandages making
his legs heavier and slightly harder to lift with every stride.
he’s unsound, the tape won’t stop him from bowing a tendon.
If it could, all horses would race in front wraps
in every lifetime start and there would never again be another bowed
tendon! Of course we know that isn’t reality and
horses will continue to “bow” even if you make them look like “mummies”!
horses ever win with front wraps? Sure they do and at every racetrack
so why even mention them?
because the addition of front wraps can never be
seen as a plus!
trainer using them believesthat they will help
a problem (unless he’s faking so as not to lose the horse
via the claim box). While they might add some, and I only say some,
support to the damaged or problematic area and delay the inevitable
breakdown, front wraps won’t stop it!
so why are you even mentioning them?
there are a few things you should look for.
a horse has won with front wraps in the past, he’ll most likely win
with them in the future. Old front wraps have never bothered me, provided
that the horse in question passes “muster” in every other category of
bothers me is first-time front wrapsor
the re-adding of front wraps.
you are in the paddock and see a horse show up with front wraps for
the 1st time, look to see if one ankle appears bigger than
the other. Unless the trainer is bluffing, you’ll most likely see swelling
somewhere under the wrapping. If you do, it is better to pass
the race if this newly front-wrapped horse was your betting
choice “on paper”-----it costs absolutely nothing to pass
bandages on the rear legs are used to protect horses who
have the problem of “running down”. These horses scrape the back part
of their rear ankles when racing. These short rear wraps serve as protection
to the skin when running over sandy surfaces. As long
as there is no swelling evident, rear wraps would never stop
me from betting a horse if he looked physically correct
in every other respect.
and/or sweet smelling body rubs are used to counteract soreness by increasing
heat in the area of soreness or injury. If you’ve never experienced
the “smell” of a muscle sore horse, I encourage you to visit your paddock
area during the cheapest races of the day.
rubbed with liniment are easy to locate. A very heavy
exotic scent quickly saturates the paddock air as the rubbed horse
walks around. If you look closely at each and every horse, one or more
of them will have very shinny areas on their coats or legs. On the
body, look for the shoulders, back, or hind to have a slick or shinny
spot. Frequently the rubbed area is about a foot square. If on the
legs, it can be anywhere from the hoof up to the barrel (main body).
sore horses are always a no-no!
sore horses rarely generate enough speed to be competitive anywhere
in a race. Just think back to the time that you were sore from overwork
or a wrenched muscle.
you at your best? I doubt it!
you smell liniment and can identify who is wearing it, toss them