WhipNRide wrote:If there is nothing wrong with the horse then the trainer and owner should have no problem with keeping the horse.
If there is something wrong with it then to bad for them, as it would seem they had no problem with dumping it on someone else and seeing them throw 50k down the tubes.
I agree. The only people upset with this rule are those trying to dump a horse that's not fit or has a problem. If that's the case the horse shouldn't be racing and should be rehabbing.
I got a better idea. Lets see how the bettors like it if they cant cancel their tickets after they wager. You walk away from the window that ticket is yours. You see your horse going to the gate and its full of sweat......you cant cancel. Your horse breaks through the gate runs about 50 yds and is returned to the gate to load up........guess what you cant cancel your ticket. Late jockey change and Gomez off and Modesto Linares is put on....eat those tickets baby, you cant cancel. Seems like its ok for the bettors to have some sort of protection on their investment but not the horsemen?
I have seen many times over the years horses suddenly scratched at the gate because a trainer didn't want them to be claimed. Jock tells the vet the doesn't feel right and he's scratched. Horse comes back in a week or two in a higher class.
Sorry this rule protects the horsemen from the b_llsh_ters that are out there, and as we all know horse racing has more than their fare share of BS'ers,