Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:37 pm

Thanks for the details, guys, even if was really upsetting to read.
Wonder what the head starter said to him after that? :?
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Postby Somnambulist » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:49 pm

I don't know if he/she even knew. I'm wondering if a lot of people saw it on the feed an reported it to the track.
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Postby SSilence86 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:54 pm

Somnambulist wrote:I don't know if he/she even knew. I'm wondering if a lot of people saw it on the feed an reported it to the track.



This is Delaware's response...
https://twitter.com/DelParkRacing/statu ... 50309?s=19

I think he reported it...
https://twitter.com/brooklyncowboy1/sta ... 56228?s=19
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Postby Somnambulist » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:58 pm

The comments on how tracks are "notorious" for defending the gate crew in the past have me wondering what else has happened?
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Postby SSilence86 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:01 am

Somnambulist wrote:The comments on how tracks are "notorious" for defending the gate crew in the past have me wondering what else has happened?



Someone in the comments mentioned that something similar to this happened at Churchill today.
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:19 am

I understand that being inside a gate stall with an angry/frightened half-ton prey animal is hella dangerous. There is a very real chance that a horse can injure an assistant starter by swinging its head around sharply. I wouldn't be shocked to hear that the horse had already whacked the starter, which might explain his way-angry reaction. :?
BUT...you can't just go around punching a horse's head/nose, no matter how angry/bruised you are. You don't get to discipline/punish that animal. It's not your horse and it's not the job you signed on for.
Besides, beyond being cruel, it could have made the situation worse. More pain and/or fright could really make things go very far south inside that stall. :shock:
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Postby Katewerk » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:34 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:I understand that being inside a gate stall with an angry/frightened half-ton prey animal is hella dangerous. There is a very real chance that a horse can injure an assistant starter by swinging its head around sharply. I wouldn't be shocked to hear that the horse had already whacked the starter, which might explain his way-angry reaction. :?
BUT...you can't just go around punching a horse's head/nose, no matter how angry/bruised you are. You don't get to discipline/punish that animal. It's not your horse and it's not the job you signed on for.
Besides, beyond being cruel, it could have made the situation worse. More pain and/or fright could really makes things go very far south inside that stall. :shock:


Yeah, that was my take -- he lost it, but he had been stung badly. People do stupid things when they're hurt. But unprofessonal and probably better off in a different job.
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Postby Treve » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:06 am

Just watched it again the horse didn't hit the assistant starter at all actually, not with his head or neck or anything. Might have scared him when he pulled his head downwards (the assistant was still holding on to the reins at that point so the horse semi-pulled him down but he didn't fall nor make contact with the horse's head/neck).
Probably one of the most angering parts is that when the horse lifted his head back up, he stilled himself and didn't keep acting up. So AFTER the horse has started to calm down is when the guy decides to hit him (5 times by my count this time)?? He didn't have the excuse of being hurt - maybe upset/irritated/impatient/scared, but looks to me like he's either in the wrong line of work or in need of anger management issues because the word 'overreaction' would be an understatement.
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:25 am

If the starter actually hit the horse after it stood still, I can't even imagine how furious the trainer is. The crewman punished the horse for doing the right thing?
Now the trainer has to undo all the harm that starter did with a young horse who is likely going to fear the gate more than it already did. And it is probably confused about what is expected of him/her.
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Re: Jockey/Trainer News - 2018

Postby Starine » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:30 am

Marlon St. Julien told Hovdey he was just drifting off to sleep after watching the Belmont coverage when he heard Smith mention his name to NBC's Donna Barton Brothers.

St. Julien called Smith the next day to thank him, telling his fellow jockey he had struggled to remain positive during parts of his recovery from a serious fall at Prairie Meadows. Smith's thoughtful dedication at such an impactful moment gave St. Julien the encouragement he needed at just the right time.


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