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"On two occasions, veterinarians have testified, I Want Revenge’s ankle was injected with what amounted to new transmission fluid."
Gotta love this:
I'm no vet or MD, but injecting HUMAN joints/ligaments with steroids & anti-inflammatory drugs repeatedly will do more harm than good. Good doctors will only do it a couple times before other methods of treatment are considered. I know that first hand from a lifetime of knee problems.
One can only assume the same when it comes to equine medicine & repeated injections. You can only inject a ligament/tendon/joint space so many times before doing more damage than good.
I'm no fan of IWR's connections -- either contingent -- but agree that he was less than 100% weeks before the first Saturday in May. I don't expect this case to go away anytime soon.
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Very true. No ethical human dr. would inject a patient repeatedly.
"And Afleet Alex just ran right by Giacomo like he was standing still!"
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In the horse racing world, as dark as it is, the information about injecting bones, ligaments with anything that might help is standard. Both with and without the owner having a clue what is going on. But have to wonder what a "real court" must think about all this garbage. The outcome here will be interesting.
I attended CHRB meeting at Del Mar
where it was stated that when a horse
shifts barns ,vets, owners and trainers
through a claim or purchase the horses'
medical records(Injections, x-rays ankles) are
hidden from the new connections.
I'm partner in a horse that had some knee issues. Our trainer gave him a cortisone shot and he won running the best race of his
career this past spring. After a few days the trainer noticed he appeared very sore in one leg. Did an Xray and turns out he had chips in his knee.
A lot of different things we could have done at that point but we decided on surgery to remove the chips which means about 6 months
off before starting training again. I'm no expert, but another cortisone shot might have gotten him through his next race but the
problem would remain and perhaps worsened like I Want Revenge. Of course, IWR had a totally different set of circumstances and
huge pressure to get to the Derby. Thankfully, they did scratch him- but the damage was already done and perhaps made worse by
the use of this strong medication.
Sometimes you have to do what you have to do but the horse usually runs harder then they should not taking care of themselves as well as they should during the racing and bad stuff can happen afterwards. This kind of stuff is not limited to one trainer but these days a trick of the trade for many trainers.
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