WhipNRide wrote:I dont know if ive ridden MANY MANY races but close to 4k.......One day In Denver I was on a horse Legendary Idea.....I was on the outside told the gate man on the way in you better pin him he is known to be very bad in the gate....he tells me he's got him.....well he didnt just as the starter pushed the button this horse reared and stood on his hind legs and got me left about 7 or 8 lengths. Asst. starters fault I guess because he didnt listen to me.....we still won.
Another day I told the gate man hey this filly is nasty dont point her nose down the V until the last horse is in and the guy says all in boss....tooo late she took a dive for the bottum of the gate and well to say the least we got left.
Ruidoso Downs I was on Tequilamockingbird and my gate man had a one two split which means he was handling me in the 2 hole and the 1 horse on the off side....my horse charges the gate just as the button was pushed and the guy was slammed into the bar, we both got left because he couldnt let go until the horses force made him.
None of these horses were declared non starters, some won and some didnt....the day I got left so bad in Denver and still won I dont think the betting public would have been to happy if the Stews would have called their 5/2 favorite a non starter because he reared and got left so bad. Sometimes its the horses fault sometimes things happen beyond anyone's control. I dont think that horse at Hollywood the other day got left so bad that it didnt have a chance.....horses get left or knocked down leaving the gate and all looks hopeless but some still manage to win or run good.
Thank you for your insight and the interesting stories.. I do think 4,000 qualifies as many, many, at least in my book..
I was with Jack Van Berg and Gary Mandella in the stewards office today getting ready to watch a race and Van Berg brought the incident up. He was "outraged" the horse wasn't declared a non-starter and admant that the asst. starter was holding the horse, Gary Mandella felt the camera views he saw were not sufficient to make an educated decision then Van Berg said it was black and white and it was a terrible decision. Another interesting thing was when I brought up that the owner and trainer never got a fair shake because they lost the horse via claim and their horse was basically eliminated, Van Berg said to me, I am far more concerned with the bettors that lost all chance than the owner and trainer....