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Be Fair to ALL Stake Finalists (05/21/13)
Posted Tuesday May 21, 2013
By Mike Paradise
Nine ICF sophomore trotting colts and geldings entered the Cardinal Trot so eliminations were not needed Wednesday for the $50,000 Final on May 29 at Balmoral Park.
All except Powerful Poe, last season’s freshman champion with over $155,000 banked for the Dirk Simpson Stable, will race elsewhere on the Wednesday’s card.
And that’s why I have a problem.
This week’s conditioned sheet read under the Cardinal #10 heading: “There will be a prep offered if there are no elimination races—indicate yes or no.”
The same offer of a prep race was listed on last Sunday’s Violet Trot.
In both cases 9 horses were entered. No eliminations were needed. But no prep was written. All the Cardinal and Violet trot entrants instead were put in in races scattered throughout the Sunday and Wednesday cards such as NW 1, NW 2 or 3 or NW 4.
However, there was no race Sunday for Trot Fudge Sundae or Powerful Poe on Wednesday.
Evidently those two trotters won too many races and won too much money as 2-year-olds because they’ll go unraced another week.
The “Winner’s Over” trot on Wednesday didn’t fill or didn’t have enough horses to the liking of the Race Office so Powerful Poe had nowhere to go.
There was no such race offered on Sunday’s conditioned sheet for Trot Fudge Sundae if they didn’t go with a prep and they didn’t, so she’s singled out like her Dirk Simpson trained stable-mate Powerful Poe.
That means both trotters will be idle for three full weeks before they go postward in the first major ICF stake race of the season in their respective divisions.
Couldn’t we have gone with a non-wagering prep before the regular cards so that ALL the Violet and Cardinal Trot entrants could get raced?
I thought Illinois racing offices are expected to write races to encourage owners to buy, breed and race in our state.
Instead there are those who feel the priority is to take these ICF horses and use them in open company races to get fuller fields and if some stake finalists don’t get raced, so be it.
If you go to the Illinois Racing Board Homepage it says:
“The Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975 is intended to benefit the people of the State of Illinois by assisting economic development and promoting Illinois tourism.
(E). Encourage the breeding of thoroughbred and standardbred horses in Illinois.”
It seems that some race officials licensed by the Illinois Racing Board feel they don’t have to inhere to that message which was put into law by our legislators some 38 years ago.
Now days the list of owners who still invest heavily in ICF a yearling to race in our state isn’t very long. The right decisions are needed to keep it from shrinking even more.