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Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Cost of Doing Business

Obviously a $500 fine wasn't punishment enough to change the situation.

View the Breeders Crown 3yo Colt Pace below and watch the stretch drive of Captaintreacherous.



Sure enough, driver Tim Tetrick was letting the foot go loose in the stretch kicking/booting the Captain to the wire.   Let's see if and what the fine will be for Tetrick this time.  $100, $250, $500?  It doesn't matter, until the judges get courageous about this and make the penalty sufficient enough that the drivers will care, it will be a cost of doing business and they will be kicking away as if nothing ever happened.  Maybe we need something like Ontario-style rules on whipping to bring an end to this unacceptable behavoir.


In a letter to HRU, a reader suggested people not talk about kicking as all it is going to do is make the sport less acceptable to those who are not fans and possible upset the animal rights people.  This reader is not alone for there are plenty of people who feel that way, bring attention to something which shouldn't be happening is taking away from the great sport harness racing is.

It's true harness racing is a great sport but here is a novel thought.  Instead of trying to hide these actions as 'our own dirty secret', how about stop kicking and booting?  Then we have nothing to worry about and we can then focus on the greatness of the sport.  If bring this type of activity to the forefront is what it takes to get this type of activity to stop, then maybe this is what needs to be done. 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see the vet bills to see if he's been getting his hocks injected. Also not impressed by where Tetrick sticks the whip when he's under pressure. Talk about testicular fortitude!

Anonymous said...

As a bettor I just want the rules enforced. Whether it's kicking or anything I just want the rules enforced. Time for the officials to open their bloody eyes and start cracking down on this crap.

Anonymous said...

It shows how stupid either Tetrick or harness racing is. He gets strung up for his last two infractions with this horse and he still does it again..... this time in the Breeders Crown.

Captain should lose Horse of the Year, at least some respect, because in almost every start Tetrick needs to cheat to win. If Tetrick doesnt cheat, does he lose four or five races this year..... probably.

Anonymous said...

I don't see it. The only thing I saw was Tetrick popping the plugs at the top the stretch (using his left leg and foot). The rest of the stretch run had both feet in the stirrups.

Pacingguy said...

I'm pretty sure it was the right foot and I verified this before posting the article.

Anonymous said...

Steve Ross might boycott this blog, but thousands of other folks won't. Therein lies the issue Mr. Ross. It's not 1972 anymore.

Pacingguy said...

I had a conversation with Mr. Ross and I see where he is coming from. His point is all the talking in the world isn't going to stop booting. He wants the judges to enforce the rules and be strict about it.