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Sure got F'ed up by the SA gate crew.
First they crack him with a whip on the legs...then they blind fold em and LEAVE the blind fold ON and let him KICK away while IN the gate...then they open the front gate and hand the horse to another gate person that is TOO SHORT TO REMOVE THE BLIND FOLD and the horse proceeds to crash into the gate while being LED IN CIRCLES BY THE IDIOT GATE CREW.
He was throwing a hissy fit. He was out of control & dangerous. Maybe they handled him incorrectly but he still deserved to be scratched, scrape or no scrape. His delaying tactics were very bad for the horses already loaded. He wasn't going to win anyway. Zenyatta certainly didn't need him to be a pacemaker, as the TV guys were sayimg.
"And Afleet Alex just ran right by Giacomo like he was standing still!"
Tom Durkin, 2005 Belmont Stakes
As 4pm PST approached, I was just certain that ESPN was going to cut off the signal and go to football, but this time horse racing won the toss, thanks mr. program director!
And remember...Things work out best when you make the best of the way things work out.
The horse has a history of being a bad actor at the gate ... and they did not hit him with the whip ... it was merely being snapped behind him
Just what was the gate crew supposed to do ... ? the horse didn't want to load ... frankly, the horse should not be allowed to race again until he can show better manners...
I trust what Jerry Bailey said about the gate crew and he had nothing but compliments for them
I have seen numerous horses loaded after being blindfolded .. most of the time it works ...this guy behaved like a spoiled brat and they couldn't get the blindfold off because of the way the horse kept kicking and bucking ...as soon as it was safe, a crewmember removed the blindfold but it was too dangerous before .. someone could have been seriously injured or killed ... including other horses and riders by this guy's tactics ..
Criticism of the crew is way off base. They did everything they are supposed to do to get the horse in the gate. And the guy who held on while the horse was spinning blindfolded in front of the gate before help arrived saved the day.
These gate crew people have an extremely dangerous job and a thankless one. When you have a 1000 pound horse behaving like that and you have to react and contain him, maybe sometimes you do things by the book and maybe things don't always go right, but it's pretty easy for somebody to get seriously hurt out there. I'm just thankful nobody did, and the horse, save for some scrapes on his legs, is OK to.
I hope it's back to some serious gate school for this one.
Last edited by Risen Star on Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:28 am, edited 1 time in total.
Every idiot in the grandstand was screaming every time the horse bucked. That couldn't have helped. Why they continued to show the incident on the jumbotron the whole time was beyond me. Eventually, they cut away, but by then the damage was done.
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